Bates, Michael

Green Leaf, 2008CD
Instrument: Guitar

Issue: 14.4

Jazz Ruler Type: Fusion
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 3
Performance Chart

Sound: 4
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: Bates puts together a collection of mostly free fusion tracks. One exception is “Damask”. It’s a cool groove with Quinsin Nachoff playing sax around the mid-tempo funky beats established by Jeff Davis (d) and leader Bates on bass. Russ Johnson joins the party cooking on trumpet against the walking bass line. We also enjoyed “Fellini” a song that spoke of peace in the aftermath of some of the most chaotic exchanges of the session and the relaxing mood of “Rideau Medals”. The creative improvisation starts on “Machinery” and progresses through the second half of the CD. There is a lot of emotional release here!


Publicist: Red Cat Publicity