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Michael Bates Acrobat LIVE at The Cornelia Street Cafe!

January 18, 2014
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bates_5post8.5x11As a composer and musician, Michael Bates “serves up melodic modernism and contrapuntal elegance” (”Time Out, New York”) and his influences range from Shostakovich, Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman to Bad Brains, Wayne Shorter and Joni Mitchell. Known as a both a leader and double bassist in several collectives, he has performed with Quinsin Nachoff, Russ Johnson, Michael Blake, Gerald Cleaver, Dan Weiss, Tyshawn Sorey, Greg Osby, Jeff Davis, Peter Van Huffel, Scott Dubois, Ohad Talmor, Michael Attias, Mike Murley, Shane Endsley, Michael Sarin, Reuben Radding and several others.

His debut cd “Outside Sources” was called one of the best albums of 2004 by Cadence Magazine editor Bob Rusch. His second album, “A Fine Balance” (2006) was also exceptionally received and garnered many effusive reviews including several “best of 2006” designations. Released on the German based record label, Between the Lines, A Fine Balance contains ten compositions that combine exquisite melodies and contrapuntal textures with an organic and interactive approach to playing jazz.

Tonight he will play selections from his latest release, Acrobat: Music for, and by, Dmitri Shostakovich, with a little help from the trumpeter Russ Johnson, the multi-reedist Chris Speed and the pianist Russ Lossing; Dan Weiss is the only substitute, on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m. Cornelia Street Cafe.

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