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Scott Tinkler: Trumpet Down Under

By Published: August 4, 2009

AAJ: Is there an inherent problem with this kind of improvisation in that it runs the risk of being self-indulgent?

ST: By no means at all is that a problem; it is a strength. To indulge in one's self will surely create a more individual outcome. The idea of indulging in someone else is simply to recreate an idea that already exists. Should I play like the late Freddie Hubbard? Should I play like Miles? No, I should play like Scott. How do I do that? Well, self-exploration. I need to indulge in myself to find the way I want to sound. Was Monk self-indulgent? Trane? Only in the best way; they played the way they wanted to, not how anyone else wanted them to. I look for and expect the individual in all art. Art is about creating something, not recreating it.

Scott Tinkler

AAJ: What are your feelings regarding your fans, which enjoy hearing you in a more traditional free-bop compositional vein?

ST: Well, I'm happy if they enjoy listening to any of my music. There will be listeners who view things the other way around from the situation you mentioned. It doesn't bother or influence me either way in the slightest. If you like it, enjoy it; if you don't, turn it off and move on. If you are willing to be adventurous, then keep giving it a go. You never know, one day your views/tastes may change. Mine certainly have over the years.

AAJ: In terms of the future plans for your music: do you plan on continuing to work in the small instrumental context that you have thus far? Or might you work with a larger ensemble, or say, strings?

ST: Mostly small ensemble for sure. This is by far my preference. There are some plans to play a concerto with the London Sinfonietta to be written by violinist John Rodgers. My part would be fully improvised with the written score of John Rodgers. This project is pretty exciting for me and I hope it comes off. Apart from that I do play with Indian classical musicians to Australian pop singers. I doubt there will ever be a Scott Tinkler with strings. The closest is the quartet I play in with John Rodgers, who is an incredible improviser on the violin. This is one of my favorite projects.

Selected Discography

Antripodean Collective, Shank (Extreme, 2009)
Antripodean Collective, Funcall (Extreme, 2008)
Scott Tinkler, Simon Barker, Lost Thoughts (Kimnara, 2008)
Antripodean Collective, Massacre of the Egos (Extreme, 2008)
Marc Hannaford, Garden of Forking Paths (Extreme, 2007)
Scott Tinkler, Backwards (Extreme, 2007)
Scott Tinkler, Philip Rex, Paul Grabowsky, Ken Edie, Live (Origin, 2006)
James Sherlock Quartet, Watermark (Jazzhead, 2006)
Paul Grabowsky, Before Time Could Change Us (Warner Brothers, 2005)
Paul Grabowsky, Tales Of Time And Space (Sanctuary Records, 2005)
F.A.T.S, Juicy Shoots (Independent, 2002)
F.A.T.S, FATS (Independent, 2000)
Scott Tinkler Trio, Sofa King (Origin, 1997)
Scott Tinkler Trio, Dance of Delulian (Origin, 1996)
Scott Tinkler Quartet, Hop to the Cow (Origin, 1995)
Mark Simmonds Freeboppers, Fire (Birdland, 1994)
Scott Tinkler Quartet, Back of my Head (Origin, 1993)

Photo Credits

Black and White Photos: Andrew Cowan

Bottom Photo: Laki Sideris

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