Saluting Sgt Pepper ★★★★ Edition
Since his emergence in the 1980s as the driving creative force behind UK big band Loose Tubes, Django Bates has been cheerfully subverting expectations, slaughtering scared cows and generally making a euphonious nuisance of himself, but he’s really gone and done it this time.
Sgt Pepper is more than just a collection of songs, it’s a cultural icon, a unique album whose character is found as much in its theatricality and its innovative production as in its songs. But this salute – with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band and poppy Danish trio Eggs Laid by Tigers – is neither an homage nor a re-imaginining, but rather a redecoration, wrapping a much-loved repertoire in Bates’ Hermeto Pascoal- and Gil Evans-inspired embrace. Weird, wacky and occasionally wonderful. editionrecords.com