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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Album review: Django Bates - Tenacity

Django Bates first came to prominence as a member of Loose Tubes. The freewheeling jazz orchestra enjoyed huge popularity during the 1980s, since when the composer/pianist has gone on to work on many other projects, winning the prestigious Jazzpar Prize along the way. 

Bates' trio - Petter Eldh, double bass, Peter Bruun, drums - recently recorded an album with the Norrbotten Big Band (directed by Walter Brolund) celebrating the music of Charlie Parker. Tenacity's ten tracks were recorded in Sweden and mixed and mastered in London.

Four reimagined Charlie Parker tracks are central to the project: Ah Leu Cha, Donna Lee, Confirmation and a joyous My Little Suede Shoes are complex, yet accessible, capturing the essence of the bebop icon.

The Norrbotten Big Band rose to the challenge when presented with Bates' demanding charts. A sense of fun permeates the work and Bates' composition We Are Not Lost, We Are Simply Finding Our Way, suggests the musician who recently turned sixty still retains an impish sense of humour.

Tenacity (Lost Marble LM009) is highly recommended.  

Russell

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