As 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.
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Bates demonstrates his rock solid composing skills and enviable technical faculties... Simply put, Bates has the ability to make a huge impact on the existing state of modern jazz! --Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz
Outside Sources confirms Michael Bates' commitment to exploration. --Gregory Robb, All About Jazz