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Django Bates Beloved
Keyboardist and brass player Django Bates is the very embodiment of creative musical breadth. He was a leading light in Loose Tubes during the vaunted British Jazz Boom of the 1980’s, and has since gone on to operate in an enormous range of musical environments, from working with Bill Bruford’s Earthworks to premiering a concerto for electronic keyboard. A winner of the prestigious JAZPAR International Jazz Award, he’s probably best known for writing and performing his own material, but his Beloved trio, featuring bassist Petter Eldh and drummer Peter Bruun, marks something of a departure: the band’s first album paid tribute to the genius of Charlie Parker with Bates undertaking radical reinventions of the saxophonist’s songbook, and its second release, Confirmation, extended the group’s repertoire further still, drawing the leader’s own compositions together with those of Burt Bacharach and Miles Davis.

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