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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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Dance of the Mystic Bliss

Label: P&M Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Merle the Pearl; Le Coeur du Jardin (The Heart of the Garden); Little Demons; Love Finally Arrives; Topanga Burns; Sagra; Prune Pluck Pangloss; The Meadows; Weeds; Cleopatra.

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Daniel Carter, Chicago Edge Ensemble, & Charlotte Keeffe

Read "Daniel Carter, Chicago Edge Ensemble, & Charlotte Keeffe" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Music on the edge prevails in this episode, highlighted by the ubiquitous multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, Chicago guitarist Dan Phillips and his Chicago Edge Ensemble, and a Polish/Spanish quintet that features guitarist Grzegorz Lesiak, trumpeter Piotr Damasiewicz and the members of the Liba Villavecchia Trio. James Baldwin's works are the subject of a baldwin en transit, French ...

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Article: Interview

François Houle: Insider Listening that Makes You Clever

Read "François Houle: Insider Listening that Makes You Clever" reviewed by Kerilie McDowall


Canadians and local Vancouverites have been in awe at BC, Canada's prestigious regular rising star clarinetist François Houle's international ranking status. Houle creates brilliantly fascinating compositions and such clever, innovative work. He has released seven albums as a leader from 2022-2023 and has four more plus on the way. Incredibly he will have released 11 albums ...

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Places, Real and Imagined

Label: AaronBahr Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: A Gathering Storm; Golden Hills; Lennie's Pennies (Tristano L.); Places (Real and Imagined); Fire Breather; Never Let Me Go (Evans and Livingston); The Quiet Part Out Loud; Ice Palace; Downtown.

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A Gathering Storm

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Label: AaronBahr Music
Released: 2021
Duration: 6:53

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Article: Interview

Dan McCarthy: A Place Where We Once Lived

Read "Dan McCarthy: A Place Where We Once Lived" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


By February of 2019, Dan McCarthy had reached the end of his time in New York. “The movers had come and packed everything up, and my wife and son were already in Toronto at my parents' house. I was at our apartment in Crown Heights and I only had a few things, including my vibes," he ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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 ...

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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 ...

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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.


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