Composer and Arranger
Photo: Carl Hyde (Ronnie Scotts)
"Impressive and inventive..."
John Fordham, The Guardian
"There is no doubt Bates has mastered the skills of composing for large forces"
Peter Bacon, Jazzwise
"A True Talent"
"Silhouettes” is a remarkably mature piece of work from a composer and arranger who is still a graduate student. Bates’ pieces are rich in terms of colour, texture, contrast and dynamics and their creator is well served by the superb playing of a similarly youthful ensemble."
The Jazz Mann
"Charlie is a gifted pianist who runs an excellent quartet...he has the ability to create very rich and powerful textures that set off Pursglove's solos to great effect."
Tony Dudley-Evans, London Jazz News