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A Fine Balance

Label: Between the Lines
Released: 2006
Track listing: Small Obstacles; On Equilibrium; Entrance; Charcoal; Prodigal; Prokofiev; Partly Innocent; St. Helen; Coppertone; Simple Interlude.

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Michael Bates: A Fine Balance

Read "A Fine Balance" reviewed by Troy Collins

The shadow of Dave Douglas hovers over bassist Michael Bates' debut recording. However, Douglas' influence is understandable, because both are faculty members at the Banff Center of the Arts. Despite the noticeable stylistic overlap, Bates contributes a strong program of originals that stretch beyond academic imitation. Bates draws influence from a fairly novel place: ...

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Michael Bates' Outside Sources: A Fine Balance

Read "A Fine Balance" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Michael Bates says that as a jazz musician, he takes a punk attitude to things. If anything, that is a refreshing attitude. When it comes down to music, he achieves a fine balance. He has all the right ingredients: a jazz sensibility, an open approach to classical music, a tingly edginess, and a sense of adventure. ...

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Michael Bates: A Fine Balance

Read "A Fine Balance" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Call me biased, but jazz has the distinction of giving us some pretty good recordings on the whole. The downside to that is an ultimate dilution of the music for public consumption. What will one more performance of “'Round Midnight do for us? Michael Bates' A Fine Balance flies in the face of this product dilution. ...


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