Trumpeter Paul Tynan and baritone saxophonist Aaron Lington first met more than fifteen years ago when they were grad students at the University of North Texas in Denton. After gigging separately for a few years, they formed the Bicoastal Collective about a decade ago and have been playing and recording together ever since. This could reasonably be called the Binational Collective, as four of the five musicians on Chaper Four are Canadian, with Lington the lone American. He lives in California, Tynan in Nova Scotia, some 3,800 miles to the east. On this nostalgic" studio session (also the name of ...read more
Throughout its successive waves of colonization, the foggy, Gulf-streamed shores of Nova Scotia, Canada have welcomed and fostered diverse musical cultures. Indeed, its French, Celtic and British musicological melting pot coalesced into a unique microcosm sometime during the 19th century. Yet, unlike their Scandinavian counterparts, local jazz musicians diverged en masse from this fertile heritage, opting instead for the lyrical melodies and lush, modal chords of Wayne Shorter, Tom Harrell and, especially, Kenny Wheeler. Unsurprisingly, (and for our great enjoyment) flugelhornist Paul Tynan's indebtedness to Wheeler's idiosyncratic compositional style is, indeed, quite palpable.Maybe due to the particularly sharp ...read more
One stereotypical visualization of a jazz group onstage sparks up the image of a smoke filled bar, the gentle tapping of glasses, a conversation in the corner between two friends. However, in the modern jazz world chamber jazz often reaches to eliminate stereotypes about conventional ensemble make-ups. While there certainly hasn't been a written-in-stone lineup for the jazz trio in the past, as we venture further into the 21st century more and more writers and performers want to see what other combinations are possible.
Composer and trumpeter Paul Tynan has been experimenting with this for the last few years. Radio ...read more
A Texas Trilogy" may conjure up many assorted images... perhaps of driving a weighty old 4x4 truck down dusty roads while pumping back a six pack of swill that tastes more of the soil of spent oil fields than any beer, and all the while being on your way to the local sleaze palace to find a coke dame that can go for hours on a cleared pool table... Yes... perhaps those where the images you 'conjured' as well. In the jazz world things however are always different. Take the one half of the jazz leadership the makes up NJPT. ...read more
Opening with gentle horn colors supported by a dark yet buoyant bass line, the Paul Tynan Quartet confidently sets out to build a soundscape that will prove to be both original and fresh. The music has an atmospheric sense that slowly extends its musical tendrils like an untended grass fire. From the deliciously abrasive two horn arrangements of Hidden Reality" leading seamlessly to the bitterly bright Plastic People" to the leader's own trumpet frenzies in the Change of Directions Suite," Freedom and Jealousy proves that it is just the medicine to remedy an ailing jazz collection. Saxophonist Tyler Summers has ...read more
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