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Scott Tinkler, Bae il Dong, Simon Barker: Chiri

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Scott Tinkler, Bae Il Dong, Simon BarkerChiriKinmara Records2010 If the earth's core had a voice it would probably sound like Bae il Dong's. Bone-shudderingly powerful and utterly primal, his delivery is both awe-inspiring and just a little unnerving. Dong has the bass profondo of an opera singer and the raw, emotional power of the finest flamenco or qawwali singers. His sound is that of the human soul uncaged; whether song or wounded cry, it is the blues by any other name, Korean style. Dong's art is pansori--the traditional spoken and sung ...

INTERVIEWS

Scott Tinkler: Trumpet Down Under

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Bassist/composer Lindsey Horner recently said, “I think one thing that has really changed in the past quarter century is that the music has become so broad, so truly international and genre-encompassing that the days when jazz was one very definable, finite thing are well and truly gone." These remarks also serve to introduce this interview with the Australian trumpeter Scott Tinkler. The recent emergence of a small cadre of Australian jazz artists has yet to gather the notice of, say, Indian pianist Vijay Iyer or alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa.

Nevertheless, it's likely that a lot more will be heard from ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Scott Tinkler: The Massacre of the Ego, The Garden of Forking Paths, Backwards & Lost Thoughts

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The Antripodean Collective The Massacre of the Egos Extreme 2008 Marc Hannaford with Scott Tinkler, Ken Edie & Philip Rex The Garden of Forking Paths Extreme 2007 Scott Tinkler Backwards Extreme 2007 Scott Tinkler / Simon Barker Lost Thoughts Kimnara 2008

The Australian label Extreme is best known for releasing the sorts of music its ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Scott Tinkler Trio: Shrike Like

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My dictionary defines a shrike as one of a type of birds “that have a strong notched bill hooked at the tip, feed chiefly on insects, and often impale their prey on thorns." Now it's nearly certain that Australian trumpeter Scott Tinkler had the cry of the bird (and not its lifestyle) in mind when he titled his third trio record. But there's also something sharp and predatory about Shrike Like. The stark black-and-white cover of the disc features Tinkler perched on a tree branch, birdlike, scanning his surroundings.

Unlike most trios, Tinkler's trumpet/bass/drums setup operates with more spontaneity than ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Scott Tinkler Trio: Shrike Like

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Australian trumpeter Scott Tinkler extends concepts witnessed on his fine debut release for the “Buzz” label titled, The Sofa King. And with his follow up and self-produced effort, Shrike Like, the “Scott Tinkler Trio” continues to push the envelope as the band once again exhibits a renaissance spirit! Here, each musician demonstrates acute multitasking abilities in addition to handling the rhythmic and melodic chores.

On the title track, Tinkler’s fluent leads and witty employment of multiphonics bespeaks an expansive arsenal, as the trumpeter executes a hodgepodge of themes atop bassist Adam Armstrong and drummer Simon Barker’s abstract take on a ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Scott Tinkler: Sofa King

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In the old days a trumpet quartet on a record date was unusual. Miles Davis recorded a quartet disc, but he more often preferred to augment his group sound with a saxophonist. Clark Terry recorded in a quartet with Thelonious Monk, and Freddie Hubbard with Herbie Hancock, but such dates are generally rare. (All right, I won't neglect to mention Lester Bowie's flying-trapeze duos.) Maybe it has something to do with the trumpet's perceived timbral and pyrotechnical limitations, but, in any case, in Scott Tinkler's hands, there are no such limitations.

Tinkler is not recording in a quartet, but with ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Scott Tinkler: Sofa King

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It’s a big test for a horn player: lead a trio with drums and bass behind you. You are the melody, the conceptual force: if the music is boring, the blame falls on you. It’s a challenge worthy of the very best – and typically the horn is a saxophone. It has a wide range and the notes can come fast – for another horn, the task is daunting. Scott Tinkler brings his trumpet into the fray – a modern sound unafraid of new territory. He is different, and the music better for it.

The drums come in hard, with ...



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