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Django Bates

Pianist, composer and bandleader Django Bates joins Alyn Shipton at the 2011 Cheltenham Jazz Festival to discuss his best recordings.

Pianist, composer and bandleader Django Bates has been one of the most innovative figures on the European jazz scene since the 1980s. In front of an audience at this year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival, he joins Alyn Shipton to look back over his recorded career from his early days with Loose Tubes to his more recent bands. As well as his group Human Chain, he also discusses his Danish StoRMChaser project and his recent album Beloved Bird.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Loose Tubes

    Discovering Metal

    Composer: Django Bates Performers: Eddie Parker, fl; Dai Pritchard, cl; Steve Buckley, s, cl; Iain Ballamy, s; Mark Lockheart, s; Julian Nicholas, s; Ken Stubbs, s; Lance Kelly, t; Chris Batchelor, t; Ted Emmett, t; Paul Edmonds, t; Noel Langley, t; John Harborne, tr, Steve Day, trom; Paul Taylor, tr; Richard Pywell, tr; Ashley Slater, bs tr; Dave Powell, tu; Django Bates, keys; John Parricelli, g; Steve Watts, b; Martin France, d; Thebi Lipere, percussion. Sep 1990.

    • Dancing on Frith Street.
    • Lost Marble.
    • LM 005.
  • Django Bates

    Sad Afrika

    Composer: Bates Performers: Django Bates, v, g, p, Eb h, keys; Chris Batchelor, Sid Gauld, t; Richard Henry, bs tr; Dave Laurence, Fren horn; Roland Bates, tr; Sarah Waterhouse, tu; Steve Buckley, bs cl, ss, as; Iain Ballamy, s, ss, as; Barak Schmool, ts; Eddie Parker, fl, bs fl; Sarah Homer, cl, bs cl; Mark Lockheart, ts; Julian Argüelles, bs; Stuart Hall, elec g, lap g, ban, v; Steve Watts, ac b, double b; Mike Mondesir, b; Martin France, d, perc; Thebe Lipere, perc. Jun 1993.

    • Summer Fruits (and Unrest).
    • Winter and Winter.
    • 65/81.
  • Django Bates

    Hollyhocks

    Composer: Bates Performers: Django Bates, solo piano, rec. 1994.

    • Autumn Fires and Green Shoots.
    • Winter and Winter.
    • 69/81.
  • Django Bates / Delightful Precipice

    The Loneliness of Being Right

    Composer: Bates Performers: Django Bates, horns, p, keys, v; Christine Tobin, v; Chris Batchelor, tr; Sid Gauld, tr; Dave Laurence, Fren horn; Roland Bates, tr; Richard Henry, bs tr; Sarah Waterhouse, tu; Eddie Parker, fl, bs fl; Barak Schmool, picc, ts; Steve Buckley, tin whistle, ss, as; Sarah Homer, cl, bs cl; Mark Lockheart, cl, ts; Iain Ballamy, ss, as, ts; Julian Argüelles, ss, bari s; Stuart Hall, g, ban, v; Martin France, d, perc. Feb 1995.

    • Winter Truce (and Homes Blaze).
    • Winter and Winter.
    • 78/81.
  • Django Bates, Human Chain, London Sinfonietta

    Django Bates, Human Chain, London Sinfonietta - Candles Still Flicker in Romania's Dark

    Composer: Django Bates Performers: Django Bates, Eb h, kb; Iain Ballamy, reeds; Michael Mondesir, b; Martin France, d, London Sinfonietta cond. Diego Masson. Apr 1995.

  • Django Bates and the Jazzpar version of Delightful Precipice

    New York, New York

    Composer: Kander / Ebb Performers: Iain Ballamy, s; Nicolaj Schultz, fl, bass fl; Flemming Madsen, cl, bass cl; Christina von Bülow, Jan zum Vohrde, ss, as;Tomas Franck, ts, cl; Uffe Markussen, ts, picc; Michael Hove, ss, bs; Jan Kohlin, Henrik Bolberg, tr; Terje Aadne, fren h; Vincent Nilsson, tr; Klaus Löhrer, bs tr; Axel Windfeld, tu; Django Bates, keys, Eb h, v; Nikolaj Bentzon, keys: Anders Chico Lindvall, g; Michael Mondesir, b; Ethan Weisgard, perc; Martin France, d, elec d. Mar 1997.

    • Like Life.
    • Storyville.
    • 4221.
  • Django Bates / Human Chain

    Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars

    Composer: Jobim/Lees Performers: Django Bates, kb; Josefine Cronholm, v; Iain Ballamy, reeds; Michael Mondesir, b; Martin France, d. Aug 1997.

    • Quiet Nights.
    • Screwgun.
    • 70007.
  • Django Bates / Human Chain

    Football

    Composer: Ballamy, Bates, Batchelor Performers: Django Bates, kb; Josefine Cronholm, v; Chris Batchelor, t; Iain Ballamy, reeds; Michael Mondesir, b; Martin France, d; Smith Quartet, strings. Jan 2003.

    • You Live and Learn (Apparently).
    • Lost Marble.
    • 001.
  • Django Bates + Storm Chaser

    Fire Brigade

    Composer: Bates Performers: Julie Kjaer, fl, picc; Bo Skjold Christensen, cl; Anders Bast, s, as; Marius Neset, ts; Martin Stender, ts, fl; Johan Byling Lang, bs; Lars Soberg Andersen, tr; Jimmy Nyborg, tr; Ulrik Kofoed, fren-horn; Kevin Christensen, tr; Andre Jensen, b tr; Daniel Herskedal, tu; Josefine Lindstrand, v; Elena Seten Yergui, v; Django Bates, keys, Eb h, v; Christian Bluhme, g; Peter Eldh, b; Mikkel Schnettler, perc; Anton Eger, d.

    • Spring Is Here.
    • Lost Marble.
    • 001.
  • Django Bates

    My Little Suede Shoes

    Composer: Parker Performers: Django Bates, p; Peter Eldh, b; Peter Bruun, d. Rec Sep 2008 / Jun 2009.

    • Beloved Bird.
    • Lost Marble.
    • 004.

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