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Michael Bates

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

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Discography

Northern Spy

Northern Spy

Stereoscopic
2015

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Acrobat: Music For, And By, Dimitri Shostakovich

Acrobat: Music For,...

Sunnyside Records
2012

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Live In New York

Live In New York

Greenleaf Music
2009

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Clockwise

Greenleaf Music
2009

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Clockwise

Clockwise

Greenleaf Music
2008

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A Fine Balance

A Fine Balance

Between the Lines
2006

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