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Jazz, Contemporary
Lost Marble
September 17, 2012

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'Confirmation' follows up pianist Django Bates' acclaimed 2010 release 'Belovèd Bird' which featured his highly personal interpretations of Charlie Parker compositions. 'Confirmation' includes three more re-workings of Parker tunes plus six of Django's own originals which stand in their own right using the same rhythmic and harmonic signature.

With 'Belovèd Bird' Django made it clear that his approach would be to deconstruct and reconstruct Charlie Parker's lines. He continues this on 'Confirmation'. Both the melodies and the harmonies are reconsidered, fragmented and thoroughly "Djangoised" in that joyful, insouciant and insanely clever way that characterises all his work.

The album finishes with an almost de-coupled, almost secret track, the Bacharach/David classic, "A House is Not a Home", sung with reverence by the usually irreverent Ashley Slater. Evan Parker says in his sleevenotes: If it presages a "Bacharach reconstructed" project then look forward to more Djangology. Meanwhile dig 'Confirmation'.

A founder member of the innovative collective Loose Tubes, Django Bates was a leading light in the 1980s European jazz renaissance. The Brodsky Quartet, Joanna MacGregor, Britten Sinfonia and Royal Shakespeare Company are some of the many groups that have commissioned new works from him. As an internationally respected musician he has appeared alongside Bill Bruford, Dudu Pukwana, Sidsel Endresen, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Brecker, Tim Berne, and Ronnie Scott and in 1997 he was awarded the prestigious Danish Jazzpar prize.

Personnel: Django Bates (piano, celeste, backing vocals), Petter Eldh (double bass, backing vocals), Peter Bruun (drums, backing vocals). Special guest: Ashley Slater (vocal on "A House is Not a Home")

Press Quotes

(5 stars) Django Bates has done it again. In 2010, he received rapturous cheers for his Beloved Bird album, dedicated to bebop sax genius Charlie Parker. This is the five-star follow-up, also with the young Danish bass and drums team of Petter Eldh and Peter Bruun, but now a more even mix of covers and Bates' own themes.

The Guardian, (John Fordham), September 14, 2012

(4 stars) This is deeply considered music, played with relish for the telling detail and an emotional range that confirms, if confirmation was needed, Bates' stature as a pianist and composer.

Jazzwise, (Andy Robson), September 2012

(4 stars) Bates's grasp is impressively firm and his rhythm team have the strength and wisdom to let things settle - "Senza Bitterness" is a lovely light-touch ballad.

Financial Times, (Mike Hobart), September 21, 2012

(4 stars) Belovèd is an intensely creative unit, attuned to the leader's concept...Bates's intention is to celebrate with irreverent reverence the towering and continuing contribution of Charlie Parker.

The Irish Times, (Cormac Larkin), September 21, 2012

(4 stars) The few Parker originals are mingled with Bates's own compositions. The interesting thing is how hard it often is to tell them apart.

The Daily Telegraph, (Ivan Hewett), September 22, 2012

(4 stars) The pianist has found a happy target for his restless energy and wit in the music of Charlie Parker.

The Times, (John Bungey), September 22, 2012

(4 stars) Bates' knotty improvisations and skewed Monk-like basslines are fiendishly clever, but full of life and beauty, bursting into flurries of birdsong.

The List, (Stewart Smith), October 18, 2012

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Key Value
Catalogue number LM007
Barcode 0873371000722
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 76g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 7mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Confirmation 06:07
2. We Are Not Lost, We Are Simply Finding Our Way 06:48
3. Sadness All the Way Down 03:42
4. Donna Lee 06:54
5. Senza Bitterness 03:00
6. Giorgiantics 08:48
7. Now's the Time 04:37
8. Dimple 04:33
9. Peonies As Promised 07:49
10. A House is Not a Home 03:09