The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - John McBeath

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.

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