In the late 1960s and 1970s, he started his musical career playing for the likes of The John Barry Seven, Chris Andrews (3), Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Elkie Brooks, Alex Harvey, Julie Driscoll, amongst others. In 1968, he formed his own group Bob Downes Open Music, a trio with many different musicians involved who released a series of LPs on Downes' own Openian record label.
Bod Downes recorded and played with a lot of jazz bands and artists like Ray Russell's Rock Workshop, Barry Guy's London Jazz Composer's Orchestra and the Mike Westbrook and Keith Tippett bands. Otherwise, he has composed and performed for a great deal of contemporary dance, including The Royal Ballet, The London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Ballet Rambert, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Royal Canadian Ballet etc. Then there's his work for theatre, television, and at international poetry festivals.
He moved to Germany in 1980.
Bob Downes Discography Tracks
- 9 Vocals
- 25 Instruments & Performance
- 23 Writing & Arrangement
- 1 Featuring & Presenting
- 8 Production
- 3 Technical
- 6 Visual
- 3 Acting, Literary & Spoken
|Bob Downes||Open Music (Album)||Philips, Philips||UK||1970||Sell This Version|
|Bob Downes||Deep Down Heavy (Album)||Music For Pleasure||UK||1970||Sell This Version|
|JW 401||Bob Downes||Bob Downes' New Sounds For Flute, Percussion And Synthesizer (LP)||JW Theme Music||JW 401||UK||1970||Sell This Version|
|BDOM 005||Bob Downes||South American Journey (LP, Album)||Openian||BDOM 005||Germany||1985||Sell This Version|
|SACD 9077-3||Bob Downes||Songs For Mother Earth (CD, Album)||Sacral, Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg||SACD 9077-3||Germany||1997||Sell This Version|
|BDOM 006||Bob Downes||Inside Stonehenge (LP, Album)||Openian||BDOM 006||Unknown||Sell This Version|
|BDOM 004||Bob Downes||Solo (LP, Album)||Openian||BDOM 004||Germany||Unknown||Sell This Version|
Singles & EPs
|Bob Downes||No Time Like The Present (Single)||Vertigo||Germany||1970||Sell This Version|
|BD 13998||Bob Downes||The Inner Universe (CD)||Openian||BD 13998||Germany||1998||Sell This Version|