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Django Bates

Django was born in a house near New Beckenham Station. A ropy, semitone flat D'Almaine Piano was the most fascinating toy in the house. He found the clatter of railway workers working throughout the night comforting, but had reoccurring nightmares about a Hippopotamus head slowly moving from one side of the ceiling to the other, and of having fluttering moths stuck between his toes. When he was three and a half, Django and sister Paddy were taken by their parents, Frances and Ralf, on a tour of Europe. They travelled in a motorbike and side-car. The door kept flying open as they trundled through France, Austria, Italy, Romania and Yugoslavia

Tenacity

Label: Lost Marble
Released: 2020
Track listing: Cordial; Ah Leu Cha; Donna Lee; Laura; Confirmation; We Are Not Lost, We Are Simply Finding Out Way; The Study of Touch; My Little Suede Shoes; Star Eyes; Tenacity.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Elina Duni & Rob Luft: Songs Of Love And Exile

Read "Elina Duni & Rob Luft: Songs Of Love And Exile" reviewed by Chris May

The British guitarist Rob Luft has already released one of the great albums of 2020 with Life Is The Dancer (Edition), which came out back in the spring. Now Luft notches up another 2020 highlight with the collaborative Lost Ships (ECM), jointly conceived and co-led with the Albanian-Swiss singer Elina Duni. By turns passionate and grave, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Django Bates: Tenacity

Read "Tenacity" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Few jazz artists go to such great lengths to make their audience feel at the same time bewildered by humor-infused technical exhaustion and smitten by charm and sheer musical beauty as Django Bates does. The English pianist and composer has gained a reputation over the years, for bringing the quirkiest and widest range of ideas and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Night at the Jazz Circus! - Part 1

Read "A Night at the Jazz Circus! - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Circus is like Jazz. They both require a great deal of originality and a capacity to improvise and be in the moment. They come out of a sense of urgency and self-expression since artists do not embrace them to get rich. And they both demand incredible dedication and discipline. This week we explore the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Michael Moore, Django Bates, Lucia Cadotsch, Benjamin Koppel & More New Releases

Read "Michael Moore, Django Bates, Lucia Cadotsch, Benjamin Koppel & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Django Bates celebrated his 60th birthday and 40th anniversary as a musician while marking Bird's centennial with adventurous and witty arrangements for the Norrbotten Big Band. That gives us a cue to look into more Scandinavian and large-ensemble music, following the adventures of Bates' bassist Petter Eldh, as part of the much awaited return of Lucia ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Django Bates: Tenacity

Read "Tenacity" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been a long time since that late May, 2013 week in Luleå, Sweden, where pianist Django Bates and his Belovèd Trio first collaborated with the renowned Norrbotten Big Band. Fully documented in the All About Jazz article Django Bates: From Zero to Sixty in Five Days, Bates, bassist Petter Eldh and drummer Peter Bruun, along ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Django Bates

Jazz Musician of the Day: Django Bates

All About Jazz is celebrating Django Bates' birthday today! Django was born in a house near New Beckenham Station. A ropy, semitone flat D'Almaine Piano was the most fascinating toy in the house. He found the clatter of railway workers working throughout the night comforting, but had reoccurring nightmares about a Hippopotamus head slowly moving from ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Josephine Davies: Way Out East: New Directions In Jazz

Read "Josephine Davies: Way Out East:  New Directions In Jazz" reviewed by Chris May

Compared to many other bands which have emerged on jny: London's paradigm-shifting jazz scene since the mid 2010s, saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies' trio Satori has attracted relatively little noise. There has been high praise from specialist critics but little mainstream media coverage and even less social media chatter. This may be because, unlike many of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kurt Elling: Secrets Are The Best Stories

Read "Secrets Are The Best Stories" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Due anni dopo la pubblicazione di The Questions il cantante di Chicago si presenta con un organico completamente nuovo che fa perno sul pianista panamense Danilo Pérez, aggiunge in un brano il portoricano Miguel Zenón e si avvale di una base ritmica di prim'ordine con altri strumentisti latini. La direzione espressiva di Kurt Elling ...


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