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Loose Tubes: Tomorrow Night is Your Last Chance Ever

By Published: March 7, 2011
In the jazz world, Lockheart is working on two major projects. The first is devoted to the music of Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
: "It started as a project at Trinity College of Music, where I teach. I've done new arrangements of Ellington numbers, and the project has expanded so it's now an album I want to record. It's for a relatively small group, about seven members. I'm hoping that Sebastian Rochford and Tom Herbert (from Polar Bear
Polar Bear
Polar Bear

) will play drums and bass on it. The arrangements, of things like "Satin Doll" and "Mood Indigo," are quite radical—it's a deconstruction, if you like. ... I'm hoping to record in April for release by the end of the year."

At the end of the interview, Bates volunteers some unexpected, but welcome, news: "In a couple of weeks, I start mixing the second album from the Loose Tubes Ronnie Scott's Club gigs. Three nights were recorded, and there's enough material for three albums—all of different material but all of the same quality and exuberance. I think it's going to be a nice package. There's a logic to how the three albums will run: it'll end with (Loose Tubes trumpeter) Chris Batchelor's 'Arriving,' the piece we would play as we walked out of the club with the audience following. And album number two, which should be released by the end of 2011, will end with Peter King (co-owner of the club) saying, 'Remember, tomorrow night is your last chance ever to hear Loose Tubes.'"

Selected Discography

Loose Tubes, Dancing On Frith Street (Lost Marble, 2010)

Django Bates Belovèd, Belovèd Bird (Lost Marble, 2010)

Polar Bear, Peepers (The Leaf Label, 2010)

Mark Lockheart/The NDR Big Band, Days Like These (Fuzzy Moon, 2010)

Mark Lockheart, In Deep (Edition Records, 2009)

Django Bates StoRMChaser, Spring Is Here (Shall We Dance?) (Lost Marble, 2008)

Mark Lockheart,
Moving Air (Basho , 2005)

Polar Bear, Held On The Tips Of Fingers (Babel, 2005)

Django Bates/Human Chain/Josefine Lindstrand/The Smith Quartet, You Live And Learn (Apparently) (Lost Marble, 2004)

Django Bates/Human Chain & The London Sinfonia, Good Evening...Here Is The News (Decca Argo, 1996)

Django Bates/Human Chain/Delightful Precipice, Winter Truce (And Homes Blaze) (Winter & Winter, 1995)

Django Bates, Autumn Fire (And Green Shoots) (Winter & Winter, 1994)

Django Bates Human Chain & Delightful Precipice, Summer Fruits (And Unrest) (Winter & Winter, 1993)

Loose Tubes, Open Letter (EG Records, 1988)

Bill Bruford's Earthworks, Earthworks (EG Records)

Human Chain, Human Chain (Ah-Um, 1986)

Loose Tubes, Delightful Precipice (Loose Tubes, 1986)

Loose Tubes, Loose Tubes (Loose Tubes, 1985)

Photo Credit

Page 1, top right: Martin Munch

Page 3: Martin Munch

All others: Bruce Lindsay

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