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Scott Tinkler: Trumpet Down Under

Read "Scott Tinkler: Trumpet Down Under" reviewed by Ludwig vanTrikt

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, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

The Antripodean Collective: Funcall

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The Antripodean Collective is a quartet of four Australians seeking their own niche in the world of freely improvised jazz. Relinquishing dissonant pyrotechnics in favor of carefully placed event-driven moments, the group nods toward the AACM's spatial framework while still managing to carve out its own place in the improvisational landscape.

The unit's instrumental makeup is one rarely heard, and the music is all the more effective for it. John Rodgers' violin is capable of melding ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

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

Read "Scott Tinkler: The Massacre of the Ego, The Garden of Forking Paths, Backwards & Lost Thoughts" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

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

ALBUM 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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Scott Tinkler: Sofa King

Read "Sofa King" reviewed by Robert Spencer

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Scott Tinkler: Sofa King

Read "Sofa King" reviewed by AAJ Staff

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 ...


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