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Django Bates at the Cheltenham Festival

Jez Nelson presents Django Bates performing at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival, including a new work specially commissioned by Jazz on 3 and Radio 3 for rising stars on the UK scene.

Jez Nelson presents the multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and composer Django Bates, recorded live at this year's Cheltenham Festival, including a new work specially commissioned by Jazz on 3 and Radio 3 for rising stars on the UK scene. Bates's reputation as a writer and performer of richly inventive, often humorous improvised music was forged in the 1980s as part of the Loose Tubes big band. The group's energetic, off-the-wall approach has had a lasting influence on British jazz, despite the limited availability of their recordings, and their impact is celebrated in this new commission. Bates has handpicked leading members of the latest generation of UK jazz musicians to perform it, including Shabaka Hutchings, James Allsopp and Kit Downes. The composer promises "something very groove-orientated" in his new music, while the first half of the concert features a solo piano set from Bates, revisiting music from 1994 album Autumn Fires (and Green Shoots).

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Russell Finch & Rebecca Aitchison.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Overtone Quartet, recorded at Cheltenham Festival on May 1, 2011

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      Line up: Jason Moran (piano), Chris Potter (tenor saxophone), Larry Grenadier (bass), Eric Harland (drums).

    • Overtone Quartet

      Blue Blocks

  • Django Bates solo performance, recorded at Cheltenham Festival on April 30, 2011

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      Line up: Django Bates (piano, vocals)

    • Django Bates

      I Could Write

    • Django Bates

      Is There Anyone Up There?

    • Django Bates

      J.T.

    • Django Bates

      Horses In Rain

    • Django Bates

      Ralf's Trip / You've Got A Friend

  • Django Bates and the T.D.Es, recorded at Cheltenham Festival on April 30, 2011

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      Line up: Kit Downes (keyboards), Chris Montague (guitar), Joshua Blackmore (drums), Jasper Høiby (bass), Jay Phelps (trumpet), Shabaka Hutchings (clarinet, alto saxophone),

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      Denys Baptiste (tenor saxophone), James Allsopp (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet), conducted by Django Bates.

    • Django Bates and the T.D.Es

      Chatter

    • Django Bates and the T.D.Es

      Active Irresponsibility

    • Django Bates and the T.D.Es

      Elastic Resilience

    • Django Bates and the T.D.Es

      We Are Not Lost, We Are Simply Finding Our Way

    • Django Bates and the T.D.Es

      Everyone's Song For Kenny

    • Django Bates and the T.D.Es

      Froot Bowl

    • Django Bates and the T.D.Es

      Chatter (encore)

  • Julian Argüelles and John Taylor recorded at Cheltenham Festival on April 30, 2011.

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      Line up: Julian Argüelles (saxophone), John Taylor (piano)

    • Julian Argüelles and John Taylor

      La Dee Da Dee

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