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Drummer Dylan Howe To Release Subterranean – New Designs On Bowie’s Berlin

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Drummer Dylan Howe To Release Subterranean – New Designs On Bowie’s Berlin

“That’s a top-notch album you’ve got there. Really.” – David Bowie

London, UK – Drummer Dylan Howe, son of YES guitar legend Steve Howe, has recorded a radical new take on the instrumental cuts from David Bowie’s 1977 albums ‘Low’ and ‘Heroes’. ‘Subterranean’ is Dylan Howe’s first studio album in ten years. It is made up of his arrangements of Bowie’s influential music from his ‘Berlin Trilogy’ and has been seven years in the making. Some of the music featured on this album was previewed live at the London Jazz festival in October 2007. This is the completed album and is universally accepted as Howe’s strongest to date. It features some of the best musicians in the UK with special guest Steve Howe playing koto (‘Moss Garden’).

The response to ‘Subterranean’ has been simply phenomenal; it has garnered universal critical and popular acclaim from all corners of the globe with sales to match. The CD is already in its third pressing with the double vinyl well into its second.

David Bowie recently sent a message to Dylan saying; ‘That’s a top-notch album you’ve got there. Really.’ He requested a vinyl copy the following day.

Dylan Howe: “This is the first of my albums on which I’ve really utilized the potential of the recording studio, with multiple sessions and overdubs, really thinking about production, I was making a record this time, not just recording an album. In the past I would be in the studio for a day or two at the most, or just bring a mobile studio to a gig; this time however, the process and result has been a little like the music, kind of cinematic, a feeling of scale and intensity; think the John Coltrane Quartet produced by Neu! mixed by Brian Eno in an air-raid shelter.”

The Guardian: ‘A superb player, inspiring and invigorating.’
London Metro: ‘The thrilling, incisive drumming of Dylan Howe.’
Ronnie Scott’s: ‘Rightly acclaimed as one of the best drummers of his generation.’
Shaun Keaveny, BBC6 Music: ‘Dylan Howe on drums – just superb.’
Ian Dury: ‘A funky little bastard.’
Jimmy Page: ‘You’re playing beautifully.’

Dylan Howe is a British drummer (born in 1969) best known for leading his quintet and other jazz groups since 2002 and his tenures with Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Steve Howe and Wilko Johnson, coupled with extensive session work since 1990, playing with Nick Cave, Damon Albarn, Ray Davies, Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, Beth Gibbons, Gabrielle, Hugh Cornwell and Andy Sheppard amongst others.

Recently Dylan played on the no.1 album ‘Going Back Home’ by Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey, with sell-out shows at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire and Royal Albert Hall.

This new album (his sixth) is the natural progression from his acclaimed 2010 Stravinsky adaptation ‘The Rite Of Spring’ for piano and drums and Blue Note styled hard bop quintet albums Translation – Volumes 1 and 2.

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Album track list:
Subterraneans / Weeping Wall / All Saints / Some Are / Neuköln / Art Decade / Warszawa / Moss Garden

Album personnel:
Dylan Howe – drums / synths
Ross Stanley – piano / synths
Mark Hodgson – double bass
Brandon Allen – tenor saxophone
Julian Siegel – tenor saxophone
Nick Pini – bass
Adrian Utley – guitar
Steve Howe – koto

Uncut Magazine: ‘A beguiling jazz rethink of Berlin-era Bowie – 8/10.’
– Also featured in Uncut’s Top 20 Best Albums of 2014

Mojo Magazine: ‘So majestic…scuffling in musical corners only hinted at in Bowie’s originals. 4 stars.’

Katie Puckrick – BBC 6 Music: ‘It’s stunning. I stopped in my tracks to hear the whole thing – put me into a dream… Album of the week.’

John Fordham – The Guardian: ‘A warm, contemplative treat, subtle, cinematic…The painterly atmosphere is conjured by creative electronics and elegant arrangements. A warm tribute to Bowie, but a jazz album too, Subterranean offers plenty to fans from both constituencies.’

John Bungey – The Times: ‘Brooding intensity is mixed with fluid jazz passages and the ghost of John Coltrane dances through ‘Warszawa’. It’s an imaginative take on defiantly timeless music.’

Phil Johnson – The Independent: ‘4 stars. Succeeds in living up to the source material… subtle reinvention and imaginative twists.’

Blues & Soul: ‘Probably one of the UK’s most important and vital drummers…Subterranean is an audacious and astounding piece of work that should be in every music collection – a real triumph. 9/10.’

Jazzwise Magazine – ‘A splendid recording – gorgeously intimate…A project for which he deserves huge credit. 4 stars”

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