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1. Favourite/Most influential Jazz Musician?

It’s really difficult to put a stamp on my all time favourite musician in Jazz. I had a mantra throughout my time at the Con which was ‘DEXTRAHAR’. I still need to remind myself of what that means and how I’m representing this in my playing.

The ‘DEX’ is of course for Dexter Gordon the gentle giant. I really love the sense of humour in his playing and how he was such an influence to so many musicians but was open to what was being played by the younger guys around him.

‘TRA’ is for Coltrane and his discipline and dedication to making himself a better musician. Imagine what would have been created if he hadn’t died so young.

The ‘HAR’ is all about sound. Rory Brown introduced me to the incredible sound of Billy Harper in my first year at the Con. I still get goosebumps when I listen to ‘Preistess’. He has an enormous sound that cuts through you and then warms you up from the inside.

Seamus Blake is my modern favourite. I was fortunate to spend some time with him in New York in 2007. I really love Gary Smulyan’s baritone playing. He’s the bench mark for all modern bari players.

2. Favourite/Most Influential Australian Musician?

I know he’s from NZ but Roger Manins is my favourite Sax player. It’s a real shame that more of his music isn’t out there.

Judy Bailey was a great influence on me. She taught me to be less critical of my playing and accept that sometimes the best music happens when you are making ‘mistakes’.

3. All time favourite album?

My favourite album is ‘Standard Coltrane’ from 1958 with Red Garland, PC, Jimmy Cobb and Wilbur Haden on trumpet. There is a real looseness and a sense that it is just a bunch of guys playing over their favourite tunes and not some overly rehearsed masterpiece. When I’m at a loss I always come back to this period of Coltrane. It’s kind of like a reset button. There is a beautiful slow version of ‘Invitation’ on this record.

Other albums that I also love:

Chris Speed – Trio Iffy

Bill Frisell – Unspeakable

Anything with Seamus Blake.

Gary Smulyan – The Real Deal

4. Best live gig you’ve seen?

Kim Lawson, Danny Junor and I caught the Fung Wah bus up to Boston in 2007 to see George Garzone and the ‘Fringe’. After 5 hours of travel and the thought that we might not even make the gig, we crammed into a small room in a hostel which I think had been the scene of a horrible crime. We arrived at the gallery where the band was playing and George greeted us and suggested we visit the tavern next door for a taste of their homebrew beer the ‘Druid Fluid’.

We headed back to the gallery, took the front row seats and held on. The ‘Fringe’ is a trio with John Lockwood on Bass and Bob Gulotti on Drums that has been creating improvised music since the ‘70’s.

Garzone’s sound floored me! I had never seen anyone play so furiously yet sound so melodic and beautiful at the same time. At one climax in the music I found myself giggling uncontrollably because it made me feel so good (it might have also been the Druid Fluid).

5. What are you working on right now?

I’ve been doing most of my practise on Baritone and have been working hard to get comfortable over 3-4 octaves on both horns. I’m trying to get away from linear playing and am doing a lot of exercises on larger intervals and triad super-impositions. I am also concentrating on my posture and amount of tension in my body when I’m playing. I think it’s important to take time to go for a bike ride or a jog or anything to help with endurance. Playing a musical instrument can be pretty rough on your body!

I’m continuing to write for my Quartet with Jamie Cameron, Ben Waples and Aaron Flower.

We have a JG gig in March.

Tim Stocker
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