Fiddes vs Tinkler Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra Rattle
Although Andy Fiddes and Scott Tinkler are trumpeters, the suggested battle in the title is not between two trumpets. Instead Fiddes has composed these 10 tracks and conducts the 17piece big band that Tinkler fronts as soloist. The intro, Awakening, true to its title, is a slow number, gradually enlivening as the orchestra’s spreading, melancholy chords are overridden by Tinker’s spirited trumpet. The following track, Steps in the Dark, brings two other soloists forward: after a mysterious, treading sequence from the band, Carl Morgan’s guitar floats in to build into an intro passage allowing Tinkler’s trumpet to soar into the high register, ahead of Evan Harris’s exploratory tenor sax. Gaffer Work opens with Tinkler’s astonishing trumpet rising and falling, underpinned by Tom Botting’s contrabass, before the full orchestra arrives with Jamie Cameron’s drum punctuations. Tinkler continues feverishly and the band’s artistic director David Theak stokes the excitement on soprano sax.
An air of repressed excitement opens Where Do We Go From Here? Perhaps in answer to that question Matt Keegan delivers a tortuous and fragmented tenor sax solo as the full band pulses and throbs to launch Tinkler’s virtuosic aerial trumpet. Among the tracks are three interlude pieces that serve as bridges to the main works, one of which, The Sound of Struggling, displays especially fine arranging for the band.
These are all descriptive compositions by Fiddes, featuring adept use of light and shade for the orchestra, and provide suitable vehicles for Tinkler’s never less than brilliant trumpet ascending to spectacular heights and effortlessly tossing off hyper-fast runs.