John Cratchley If you don't know Michael Bates' work then I think you are missing a trick...he is a wonderful bass player and a first-rate composer (as well as co-hosting the Greenleaf Music podcast 'A Noise from the Deep' with Dave Douglas).
This is an adventurous project that really pulls it off...a great assembly of Contemporary Jazz players and Michael's vibrant and considered arrangements coalesce in a terrific listen,delivered in 'the spirit' of Shostakovich...which means expect surprises!
Just a shout out for his magnificent new release; 'Northern Spy' with his trio of Michael Blake and Bean.
Also for the brilliant cover design on 'Acrobat' by the unmistakable Stephen Byram!!