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Django Bates: Generous Abundance

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If you love jazz because of its capacity to surprise, amaze, astound, even flabbergast, and leave you without words, then Django Bates is the musician for you. A bird's-eye view [no pun nor reference to Bates' love for the music Charlie Parker intended] of the striking body of work the British pianist has developed over four decades reveals what must be a very generous disposition. His projects and music can range from the subtle, delicate and reassuring to the bombastic, ...

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Belovèd Django Bates

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If you are intrigued by jazz because of its capacity to surprise, amaze, astound, even flabbergast and leave you without words... then British pianist Django Bates is the musician for you! This week Mondo Jazz has reached out to Django Bates for an interview, in advance of his North American tour. This episode features almost two hours of music by Django Bates, from the Loose Tubes days to his current Belovèd Trio featuring Swedish bassist Petter Eldh and ...

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Django Bates: Delightful Piano Touch

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British pianist and composer Django Bates has always been a multifaceted artist. On his recent ECM release, The Study of Touch, he leads his Trio Belovèd (featuring Swedish bassist Petter Eldh and Danish drummer Peter Bruun) through a set of intriguing originals, as well as reworking the classic Charlie Parker composition “Passport." We spoke to him about his latest record and discussed some of his past projects throughout his prolific career. All About Jazz: What's the ...

BEST OF / YEAR END

Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2017: Pianos Lead the Way

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There are some years when certain artists and their instrument stand tallest among the tall. This year it was piano players. Established names, exciting discoveries. Creation music for repeated listening, relentless invention, insight, humor, new equations. Each with a particular turn, a defining touch, that takes you past the chaos of our harshest days. Django Bates The Study of Touch ECM Records Vijay Iyer Sextet Far From Over ECM

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Django Bates: The Study of Touch

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Pianist, horn player, composer, and all-around musical disruptor, Django Bates brings back his Belovèd Trio for a third go-round, this time with The Study of Touch, his ECM leader debut. Bates--over his renowned career--has recorded in a full range of scenarios; a solo pianist on Autumn Fires (and Green Shoots) (JMT, 1994) and recently, a musician/arranger/conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Big Band on Saluting Sgt. Pepper (Edition Records, 2017), Bates is at home in any setting. As the ...

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Django Bates: Beloved

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With boundless humor and flexible grace, pianist Django Bates offers us The Study of Touch the perfect piano trio music for the significant other who absolutely hates piano trio music. This is the first I have heard of Django Bates though he has been making shrewd music since 1979. He has played with a host of names, including former Yes and King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford; fellow free thinking percussionist George Russell, and musical chaos master and ECM ...

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Django Bates: Saluting Sgt. Pepper

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This was always going to be a tall order, even for the likes of the ever-resourceful Django Bates. But it had to be done. The Beatles masterwork passed its fiftieth birthday this year and is arguably the most influential album of popular music recorded to date. Some of the many anniversary celebrations revealed that Pepper should have included “Strawberry Fields Forever" and “Penny Lane" but due to the need for a hit single to tied the band over during the ...

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Django Bates / Frankfurt Radio Big Band: Saluting Sgt. Pepper

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Django Bates stellar career has been far less celebrated than it deserves to be, at least on this, somewhat myopic, side of the Atlantic. Born in Kent, on the outskirts of London, he has achieved prominence as a multi-instrumentalist, band leader and composer. In the early part of his career he created Human Chain and the large-scale orchestra Delightful Precipice but drew the most attention for his pivotal composing for Loose Tubes. That large cooperative included Julian Argüelles, Steve Argüelles, ...

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Tampere Jazz Happening 2014

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Tampere Jazz Happening Tampere, Finland October 30--November 2, 2014 On the way from the airport to the city of Tampere you pass by Nokia, situated fifteen kilometres west of Tampere, the Scandinavian city famous for its gumboots and cables, and famous for its mobile phones. For a while 'Nokia' was synonymous with mobile phone. When you arrive in Tampere you can immediately recognize the industrial character and history of the town. The Finnish territories were ...

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Django Bates: From Zero to Sixty in Five Days

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It's rare enough to get to catch the premiere of a brand new work in a location as removed as Luleå, Sweden--just 100 kilometers south of the Arctic circle and in late May already experiencing 22-hour days and temperatures between 20 and 25 Celsius. But to get to experience the birth of a commission and to arrive on the same day as the artist and enter the rehearsal room at the same time? An unexpected pleasure. The chance to follow ...