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Album Review

Zacc Harris Group: Small Wonders

Read "Small Wonders" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Accompanied by the hugely conversant John Raymond on trumpet and flugelhorn, saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, Expressionism-steeped pianist Bryan Nichols and the fluid viscosity of rhythm brothers bassist Chris Bates and drummer JT Bates, Zacc Harris—whose tonal voyage could be immediately likened to that of John Scofield (if only Harris didn't harken and manage all his influences so damn well)—creates on Small Wonders a very lucid, warm and easy vibe one cannot help being explicably drawn to. It is a vibe many ...

Album Review

Zacc Harris Group: Small Wonders

Read "Small Wonders" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There is a theme of currents to the music of Small Wonders, although it is not stated in the titles. Minneapolis guitarist Zacc Harris pours the music from this album into your ears, metaphorically speaking. At times it is a cascade, in other places just a trickle. Either way, listeners are encouraged to float along, and going with the flow is a natural reaction to this music. Small Wonders is the second release by the Zacc Harris Group, following The ...

Album Review

Chris Bates / Jay Epstein / Chris Olson: Framework

Read "Framework" reviewed by Matthew Warnock

Framework is a well-written and engaging modern jazz album featuring the Minneapolis based trio of bassist Chris Bates, drummer Jay Epstein and guitarist Chris Olson. The tunes on the album are a collection of original compositions written by the members of the trio as well as two Wayne Shorter tunes and the scarcely performed, but definitely deserving more attention, “Camino de las Tropas" by Carlos Moscardini. Every tune is creatively arranged in a manner that allows each member of the ...

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Live Bates! Bassist Leads His Band Through "Open Sessions"

Live Bates! Bassist Leads His Band Through "Open Sessions"

Source: JazzINK by Andrea Canter

Last week, Chris Bates sent out his usual update. But this time, the listing was not so usual. In addition to the gigs in which he plays a critical sideman role, Chris invited us to one of his first forays into bandleading, and not just on a gig. We were invited to a ringside seat of the creative act itself, observing his quintet's first encounter with new music during public rehearsals at Jazz Central. “Attendees will be witness to the ...




Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Weights and Measures

Shifting Paradigm Records


Small Wonders

Shifting Paradigm Records


The Green Album

Koganote Records


Red Planet with Bill...

Shifting Paradigm Records



Self Produced


Red Planet: Space Dust



The Void

From: Small Wonders
By Chris Bates

Song of the Day

Achieved Very Little but Felt Peaceful
From Achieved Very Little but Felt Peaceful
by Raymond Hardy

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