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Michael Bates

As a composer and musician, Michael Bates "serves up melodic modernism and contrapuntal elegance" ("Time Out, New York") and his influences range from Shostakovich, Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman to Bad Brains, Wayne Shorter and Joni Mitchell. Known as a both a leader and double bassist in several collectives, he has performed with Quinsin Nachoff, Russ Johnson, Michael Blake, Gerald Cleaver, Dan Weiss, Tyshawn Sorey, Greg Osby, Jeff Davis, Peter Van Huffel, Scott Dubois, Ohad Talmor, Michael Attias, Mike Murley, Shane Endsley, Michael Sarin, Reuben Radding and several others. His debut CD Outside Sources was called one of the best albums of 2004 by Cadence Magazine editor Bob Rusch

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Jazz on the Moon

Read "Jazz on the Moon" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

On 20 July 1969, while Herbie Mann was over the figurative moon, because his Memphis Underground was the best selling jazz album in the country, the man was landing on the actual moon (apologies for the gender insensitivity here but otherwise the pun won't work...). What a day! 50 years later we celebrate the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gary Lucas' "Fleischerei": Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons

Read "Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The hip kids knew what to look for in those Saturday morning cartoons. It was the early Warner Brothers' animations and the black-and-white Popeye and Betty Boop cartoons. Insider jokes, stabs at the government and popular figures, and sexual innuendo were commonplace, even if we didn't quite get the meanings. Each were politically incorrect, before there ...

Northern Spy

Label: Stereoscopic
Released: 2015
Track listing: Theme For A Blind Man; Essex House; Roxy; An Otis theme On Curtis Changes; Bean; Wingnut; End Of History; The Days Of Wine And Roses; Northern Spy; Neptune.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Yoshie Fruchter: Schizophonia: Cantorial Recordings Reimagined

Read "Schizophonia: Cantorial Recordings Reimagined" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A stalwart of New York City's astoundingly creative Judaic music scene, multi-instrumentalist and composer Yoshie Fruchter specializes in one thing: moving on from what he's already accomplished. Though he has two genre-smashing albums of edgy, Judaic jazz- rock-prog fusion on John Zorn's Tzadik label under his belt (Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes, Tzadik Records, 2011, and ...

I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Samuel Blaser

Read "I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Samuel Blaser" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Clifford Jordan plays Leadbelly -These Are My Roots (Atlantic Records -1965). Ho condiviso l'ascolto di questo fantastico disco durante una session a Brooklyn circa due anni fa con il sassofonista Michael Blake e il bassista Michael Bates. 02. Michael Blake -Tiddy Boom (Sunnyside Records -2014). Con Michael, che è uno ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Bates: Northern Spy

Read "Northern Spy" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Did you ever get a bit envious listening to a recording and thinking the band is having way too much fun making music? I'm not saying Northern Spy stirs up jealousy, but damn the trio of bassist Michael Bates, saxophonist Michael Blake and drummer Jeremy “Bean" Clemons are up to some serious jollification here.This, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joel Harrison: Mother Stump

Read "Mother Stump" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Given his proclivity for wildly eclectic, big-concept musical projects featuring improbable combinations of multi-ethnic instrumentalists, Joel Harrison is about the last guitarist I'd expect to record a funky slab of power-trio jazz-rock-funk fusion. Across the board, his guitaristic skills have taken a back seat to compositional concerns and rich, detailed arrangements. Yet, here is Mother Stump, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Van Huffel/Michael Bates/Jeff Davis: Boom Crane

Read "Boom Crane" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Berlin-based saxophonist, composer Peter Van Huffel is the lead voice on Boom Crane's debut outing, featuring the dynamo rhythm section of New York residents, bassist Michael Bates and drummer Jeff Davis. As one would anticipate, the saxophonist imparts his creatively focused, restless nature into the grand schema. He's a mover and shaker via his unwieldy theme- ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joel Harrison: Mother Stump

Read "Mother Stump" reviewed by Troy Collins

Guitarist and composer Joel Harrison is well-known for creative cross-cultural collaborations and unique arrangements of works by influential musicians like George Harrison and Paul Motian. A magnanimous bandleader, Harrison rarely dominates his own recording projects, typically soloing with lyrical economy in lieu of pyrotechnic excess. Mother Stump focuses on this underplayed aspect of Harrison's abilities, spotlighting ...


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