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Alyn Cosker

Alyn Cosker was born and raised in Ayr, Scotland and studied at Strathclyde University in Glasgow where he graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in 'Applied Music'. A regular on the Scottish jazz scene he has performed with many artists of both national and international standing. They include Tommy Smith, Jim Mullen, Lee Konitz, Courtney Pine, Bheki Mseleku, Paul Towndrow, Claire Martin, Geoffrey Keezer, Annie Ross (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), Frank Gambale, Geoff Gascoigne, Clare Teal, Brian Kellock, Scott Hamilton, Bruce Barth, Steve Hamilton, Madaleine Eastman, Ethan Iverson, Leo Blanco,Warren Vaché, David Newton, Carol Kidd, Bruce Adams, Damon Brown, Tim Garland, Keith Tippet. Alyn is the drummer with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, a position he has held for the past 4 years

Album

The Story Needs an Ending

Label: Independent release
Released: 2022
Track listing: Blossom in Indigo Nowhere to Hide Inside In Other Words Place of Wonder Lean into the Fall A Little Grace Paradise Every Hue This is Where I Leave You Nowhere to Hide

Album

KPF

Label: NYLA Recordings
Released: 2018
Track listing: Serenity; Yatey Ate; Dragons; Purely Intertwined; KPF; Hee Haw Twice; We Were Young; The Adventures Of Feskelar; Could Be Fate; Shoogly Paw; Two Stars In The Sky.

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Article: Album Review

Alyn Cosker: KPF

Read "KPF" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The music of Alyn Cosker--the resident drummer of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra--is neither here nor there. While his work firmly rests in the miles-wide jazz camp, its synthesis of disparate styles and identities offers it shielding from easy labels within. Take “Serenity," the album's lead-off track, for example. Augmenting an electrified quintet with mandolin, accordion, ...

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Article: Album Review

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra/Makoto Ozone: Jeunehomme: Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 K-271

Read "Jeunehomme: Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 K-271" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


It's Mozart, so you expect genius to jump out of the speakers, and it does, on Jeunehomme: Mozart Piano Concerto No 9 K-271. And it's not just the genius of the composer, it's also a brilliant showcase for pianist Matsuko Ozone's arranging and conducting skills, and for the hearty magnificence of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. ...

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News: Recording

Scottish Bassist And Composer Euan Burton Releases "Too Much Love" The Deluxe Edition With Two Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks

Scottish Bassist And Composer Euan Burton Releases "Too Much Love" The Deluxe Edition With Two Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks

Whirlwind Recordings announces the release of the Too Much Love – Deluxe Edition album from Euan Burton & Occurrences. Too Much Love was released in November of 2014 to critical acclaim and the new Deluxe Edition contains an additional two bonus tracks that were previously unreleased. It’s available as a digital album only on the Whirlwind ...

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Article: Album Review

Bobby Wellins and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Culloden Moor Suite

Read "Culloden Moor Suite" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


It's over 268 years since the Battle of Culloden and yet the event continues to resonate in contemporary Scotland (which votes on independence just a few days after this album is released). Tenor saxophonist Bobby Wellins wrote his Culloden Moor Suite in 1961, inspired by John Prebble's book, Culloden, released in the same year. The composition ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: American Adventure

Read "Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: American Adventure" reviewed by John Kelman


Sometimes an idea seems great on paper, but in execution doesn't exactly work out as planned. Other times, that same idea doesn't just look great, it actually exceeds already high expectations. When saxophonist Tommy Smith--almost single-handedly responsible for rebuilding a modern jazz scene in his home country of Scotland, where he returned after studying at Boston's ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: In the Spirit of Duke

Read "Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: In the Spirit of Duke" reviewed by Jack Bowers


It had long been saxophonist Tommy Smith's dream to perform and record a live concert of music written by or associated with the great Duke Ellington. As leader of the acclaimed Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Smith set about making that dream come true, and in October 2012 it happened, as an enthusiastic audience saw and heard ...

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Article: Album Review

Konrad Wiszniewski / Euan Stevenson: New Focus

Read "New Focus" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and pianist Euan Stevenson are at the forefront of an exciting new generation of musicians based in Scotland. Wiszniewski is probably best known for his work in Brass Jaw--a full-on quartet featuring three saxophones and a trumpet--and Stevenson for his classical playing, as well as his arrangements for ensembles such as the BBC ...


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