What people are saying about Chris Bates:
Chris Bates “Good Vibes Trio” – Over the past few years, Bates has been on fire, playing in multiple bands, showing up on MPR podcasts, emerging as a leader and making two exceptional albums: 2012’s “Chris Bates’ Red 5: New Hope” and now this.
– Pamela Espeland – MinnPost
With Red 5, Bates puts the bass in a new light.
– David Cazares – State Of The Arts
…bassist Chris Bates’ album “New Hope” stands out like the Hope diamond among this year’s local CD gems.
–Tom Surowicz – Star Tribune
New Hope is a stunning nine-song collection charged with emotion and a heartfelt ambition to let the music be fulfilling in and of itself.
– Natalie Gallagher – City Pages
Speaking of Bates, he proves his vitality on the murky “Chance, Love, Logic” with his urgent lines pushing the ensemble…
– Jay Collins – Cadence Magazine
“Let” starts with a pseudo-classical melody showcasing Chris Bates’ beautiful arco bow work
– Return of Slide Huxtable
…on Kelly Rossum’s ‘Line’ bassist Chris Bates plays a critical role in holding together the loose limbed sound of the ensemble; his sound is elastic and spacious, present but not obtrusive.
– Jeff Dayton-Johnson – All About Jazz
.The Bates Brothers are endowed not merely with well-honed chops but with an exquisite sensitivity to one another’s labors that could only come from living and playing together for twelve or more years. This is definitely not a recording that could have been made by a quickly assembled cast of all stars.
– Samuel Chell – All About Jazz
Chris Bates’ ‘Solid Liquid’ is a highlight of the album, combing expressive Ellington voicings in the winds with bass and percussion underpinnings akin to the support the Maestro once received from the likes of Blanton and Greer.
Then the wonderful quartet ‘How Birds Work’… even when Chris is standing still, he’s not standing still,he’s up on the balls of his feet, swaying, smiling, nodding his head, dancing with his bass.
– MPLS/St Paul Magazine