Django Bates’ Belovèd – The Study Of Touch 2017: Free download & Video

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British pianist Django Bates returns to ECM with one of his very finest constellations, the trio Belovèd, with Swedish bassist Petter Eldh and Danish drummer Peter Bruun, and an aptly named album, The Study of Touch.

All three musicians are highly individual players, subtly challenging the conventions of the jazz piano trio. The group came together a decade ago when Bates was teaching at Copenhagen’s Rhythmic Music Conservatory. The shared work has included inspired reconstructions of pieces associated with Charlie Parker a formative influence for both Bates and bassist Eldh – and in this new album, Parker’s tune “Passport” is set amid Django originals, and played with respect, contemporary sensibility and joy. Some of Django’s own tunes here such as “Senza Bitterness”, “Sadness All The Way Down” and “We Are Not Lost, We Are Simply Finding Our Way” have become core pieces in Belovèd’s repertoire, continually remodelled by this trio of improvisers. Bates’ composing and arranging skills are much in evidence, along with his freewheeling, free-flowing virtuosic melodic sense. The terse, percussive edge of Petter Eldh’s bass provides momentum and drummer Peter Bruun details the music with an almost painterly touch. In the crowded world of the piano trio, Belovèd has developed a sound all its own. The Study of Touch was recorded at Oslo’s Rainbow Studio in June 2016, and produced by Manfred Eicher.

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  1. Sadness All The Way Down 02:17
  2. Giorgiantics 06:07
  3. Little Petherick 06:25
  4. Senza Bitterness 03:29
  5. We Are Not Lost, We Are Simply Finding Our Way 06:10
  6. This World 05:30
  7. The Study Of Touch 09:46
  8. Passport 02:49
  9. Slippage Street 07:41
  10. Peonies As Promised 04:52
  11. Happiness All The Way Up 01:19

Django Bates (piano)
Petter Eldh (double bass)
Peter Bruun (drums)

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