Django Bates
Saluting Sgt. Pepper

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  • 1. Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band 1.56
  • 2. With a Little Help From My Friends 2.47
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  • 4. Getting Better 3.59
  • 5. Fixing a Hole 3.20
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  • 7. Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite! 2.33
  • 8. Within You Without You 5.46
  • 9. When I am 2.51
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  • 11 Good Morning,Good Morning 2.48
  • 12 Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club band ( Reprise) 2.16
  • 13 A Day in The Life 6.35

Release date: 7 July 2017

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In collaboration with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band and Eggs Laid By Tigers, Django has reimagined the seminal Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the most significant Rock album of all time.

Credits and About

Django Bates Keyboard, backing vocals, arranger, conductor.

Stuart Hall Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, lap steel, electric sitar, violin.

Martin Ullits Dahl Vocals

Jonas Westergaard Electric Bass, Backing Vocals

Peter Bruun Drums, percussion, backing vocals

Frankfurt Radio Big Band (hr-Bigband)

Produced by Django Bates & Tim Adnitt
Executive Producer: Olaf Stötzler
Recorded October 2016, Hörfunkstudio II, Hessischer Rundfunk (hr), Frankfurt/Main
Recording Producer: Axel Gutzler
Recording Engineer: Michael Wayszak
Mixed by Tim Adnitt in London
Mastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London
Django Bates Management: Jeremy Farnell management@djangobates.co.uk

Frankfurt Radio Big Band (hr-Bigband):
Heinz-Dieter Sauerborn: soprano sax, flute, clarinet.
Oliver Leicht: alto sax, flute, clarinet, alto clarinet.
Tony Lakatos: tenor sax, flute.
Steffen Weber: tenor sax, alto flute, bass clarinet.
Rainer Heute: baritone sax, bass sax, bass clarinet, contra alto clarinet.
Frank Wellert: trumpet.
Thomas Vogel: trumpet.
Martin Auer: trumpet, flugelhorn.
Axel Schlosser: trumpet, flugelhorn.
Günter Bollmann: trombone.
Peter Feil: trombone.
Christian Jaksjø: trombone.
Jan Schreiner: bass trombone.
Martin Scales: electric guitar.

The totally irrepressible creativity and ever-unconventional spirit of Django Bates swings into a completely new and unpredicted sphere.

Up until now the idea of Django exploring the Beatles catalogue would have been met with an emphatic no. However the opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of an album that is a landmark musically and culturally was a challenge he couldn’t resist.

As Django explains: ‘My meeting with Sergeant Pepper came when I bought the album for my elder sister’s eighteenth birthday. An excellent gift. Through the closed door of her bedroom I would catch sonic glimpses… What a wealth of sounds, genres, effects, surprises, very generously scattered with words of madness and sanity’.

With his overpoweringly creative spirit, his anarchic sense of humour and his incredible level of musicality, approaching the arrangement process with a manifesto of ‘Freedom, not Licence’, Django’s work is typically inventive and visionary. Holding on to the original structures and keys, he gracefully folds his own colours, rhythms and sound into the music, resulting in a thoroughly kaleidoscopic examination of this iconic album.

This music was commissioned by the Frankfurt Radio Big Band. Commission partners are the Norrbotten Big Band (Sweden), the Danish Radio Big Band, and the UMO Jazz Orchestra (Finland), joining in a spirit of international cooperation, some 50 years after the original summer of love.


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