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Sam Bates - Backblocks

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From the outskirts of his imagination comes Sam Bates' second studio release BACKBLOCKS.  

Joined once again by pianist Marc Hannaford and bassist Philip Rex, this emerging drummer/composer presents a blistering set of originals NOW AVAILABLE on Newmarket Music.

Since their 2010 release The Singularity, this dynamic trio have continued to forge ahead with new material and an ever strengthening group rapport. Backblocks is a testament to this natural progression, showcasing not only the talents of these fine instrumentalists but also the compositional prowess of Bates.

From stark and stirring melodies through to intense open blowing, the variety and depth within Backblocks will make it an excellent contribution to the canon of Australian contemporary jazz.

"Truly interesting, contemporary jazz, influenced by our great past but with a foot firmly set in new directions and territories. Sam is a genuinely talented and vibrant jazz voice." - KATIE NOONAN

"Dense and dynamic...Bates shows his diverse influences here while achieving a place on his own turf. Listen in now" - JOHN O'BRIEN, RTR FM92.1

Sam Bates has performed extensively throughout Australia and abroad with a variety of artists including Scott Tinkler, Katie Noonan, Christine Anu and Joe Chindamo. He has been a finalist in the National Jazz Awards, received a fellowship from The Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music and has recently been awarded the Alan C Rose Memorial Trust Scholarship from the Victorian College of the Arts.

"Backblocks is a brilliant evolution for Bates and his Trio - as it should be. What also should be is that you all hear it. Promise me you will." - JOHN HARDAKER, AUSTRALIAN JAZZ.NET




Track listing:

1. He Who Laughs

2. Rat Rescue

3. Bubblegum Factory

4. Make It Stop

5. Superjumbo

6. Seaworthy

7. Wolverine


Tracks from this album can be previewed at www.soundcloud.com/newmarketmusic.

'BACKBLOCKS' is also available to download on iTunes, Amazon and more.

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