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Django Bates' Beloved Bird Trio

Jez Nelson presents pianist Django Bates and his new trio Beloved Bird recorded live in concert, performing their interpretations of music by Bates' hero, Charlie Parker.

Jez Nelson presents a concert by pianist Django Bates and his new trio Beloved Bird, in which they perform new interpretations of music by Bates' hero, the pioneering saxophonist Charlie Parker. Bates has said, 'having heard Charlie Parker's music from my birth onwards, I knew it was good in the way that I knew that food was good. It was nutrition: a life force'. Parker classics such as Now's The Time and Moose the Mooche will be re-arranged and de-constructed resulting in various levels of recognizability.

Beloved Bird features Petter Eldh on bass and Peter Bruun on drums. Best known for playing keyboards, this is the first time Bates has toured with an acoustic piano trio in many years, and he acknowledges that two classic American piano trios provided particular inspiration: the Bill Evans Trio and The Bad Plus. For the latter, the admiration is certainly mutual, and this programme also features an extensive interview with Bates by Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson.

Now residing in Copenhagen, where he's Professor of Rhythmic Music at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Django Bates first came into the public eye as a member of seminal 1980s big band Loose Tubes. Since then he has led his own large ensemble Delightful Precipice, found an outlet for his more experimental compositions with his small group Human Chain and won numerous awards including being voted Best UK Jazz Composer three times by The Wire.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Joby Waldman & Peggy Sutton.

1 hour, 45 minutes

Music Played

  • Ethan Iverson interviews Django Bates part 1

    • Elmo Hope

      Maybe So

      Composer: Elmo Hope

      • Trio and Quintet.
      • Blue Note.
    • Charlie Parker

      Lester Leaps In

      Composer: Young, Bregman, Vocco and Conn

      • Live at the Rockland Palace.
      • Charlie Parker Records.
    • Dudu Pukwana

      Sekela Khuluma

      Composer: Dudu Pakwana

      • In the Townships.
      • Earthworks/Virgin.
    • Bill Evans

      Someday My Prince Will Come

      Composer: Frank Churchill, Larry Morey

      • At the Montreux Jazz Festival.
      • Verve.
    • Weather Report

      The Pursuit of the Woman With The Feathered Hat

      Composer: Joe Zawinul Artist: Django Bates Composer: Charlie Parker

      • Mr Gone.
      • Columbia.
  • Django Bates’ Beloved Bird Trio recorded at The Vortex, London on April 13, 2010

    • Untitled

      Line up: Django Bates (piano), Petter Elde (bass), Peter Brun (drums)

    • Django Bates

      Moose The Mooch

      Composer: Charlie Parker

    • Django Bates

      Sadness All The Way Down

      Composer: Django Bates

    • Django Bates

      Chi Chi

      Composer: Charlie Parker

    • Django Bates

      Dimple

      Composer: Django Bates

    • Django Bates

      Little Suede Shoes

      Composer: Charlie Parker

  • Ethan Iverson interviews Django Bates part 2

    • Bill Bruford's Earthworks

      Emotional Shirt

      Composer: Django Bates

      • Earthworks.
      • E.G. Records.
    • Loose Tubes

      Accepting Suites From Strangers

      Composer: Django Bates

      • Open Letter.
      • E.G. Records.
    • Human Chain

      You Can't Have Everything

      Composer: Django Bates

      • Winter Truce (And Homes Blaze).
      • Winter & Winter.
    • Django Bates

      Spring

      Composer: Django Bates

      • Spring is Here (Shall We Dance?).
      • Lost Marble.
    • Django Bates

      You Live & Learn… (apparently)

      Composer: Django Bates

      • You Live And Learn… (apparently.
      • Lost Marble.
    • Django Bates

      Now's the Time

      Composer: Charlie Parker

      • Beloved Bird.
      • Lost Marble.
  • Django Bates’ Beloved Bird Trio recorded at The Vortex, London on April 13, 2010

    • Untitled

      Line up: Django Bates (piano), Petter Elde (bass), Peter Brun (drums)

    • Django Bates

      Hothouse

      Composer: Tadd Dameron

    • Django Bates

      Ex Pat

      Composer: Django Bates

    • Django Bates

      Ah-leu-cha

      Composer: Charlie Parker

    • Django Bates

      Now's The Time

      Composer: Charlie Parker

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