Bob Downes is an English avant-garde jazz flautist and saxophonist. He is probably best known for his work with musicians such as Mike Westbrook, and for leading his own group since 1968, the Open Music Trio who released a series of LPs on Downes' own Openian record label. On Diversions Downes played concert, alto & chinese bamboo flutes, and tenor sax. Five of the eight pieces are trios with double bass and drums. The other three pieces are solos: on "Samurai" Downes played concert and alto flutes into a piano with the sustain pedal pressed down to give a tuned resonance, and on "The Dream" a slow disjunct melody reminiscent of the interwar Viennese school on concert flute over an eerie white noise rich VCS3 synthesiser soundscape played by Laurie Baker. The trios have the texture of modern jazz, but the improvisation is melodic rather than harmonic and both the flute and double bass veer off into European Classical avant garde territory. In 2007 Diversions was re-released by Vocalion. Hells Angels, on its original LP release, had a long big-band piece on side one, with a set of trio pieces on side 2. Downes plays mainly sax on this record. The most striking piece on the record is the last track, "Blue Sheets": he plays alto over a four-note double bass loop and cymbal pulse in a spacious field of reverb and, building patterns from only a handful of notes, produces a beautiful and hauntingly atmospheric motific miniature.