A Lark Ascending Posted May 7, 2011 Report Share Posted May 7, 2011 (edited) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b010xw3c Bates played two storming concerts at Cheltenham last week; a particularly strong larger band set of pieces. He's not to everyone's taste - can be zany, very busy (with tunes changing gear with the speed of a Bugs Bunny cartoon), irreverant towards 'tradition'. But I was struck in his solo performance last week at just how distinctive his sound is. We've a crop of excellent young pianists in the UK at present but they all seem to come from a similar mould (one honourable exception being this board's Alexander Hawkins). Bates just seems to be somewhere else. Worth a listen if you ever enjoyed Loose Tubes, the various Human Chain line-ups or Bill Bruford's original earthworks. Edited May 7, 2011 by A Lark Ascending Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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