"Impressive and inventive..."
John Fordham, The Guardian
"There is no doubt Bates has mastered the skills of composing for large forces"
Peter Bacon, Jazzwise
"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