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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Scott Tinkler & Greg Sheehan - Federal (Bandcamp, 2015) ****

By Stef

The two Australian musicians are Scott Tinkler on trumpet and Greg Sheehan on percussion. You know, dear reader, that I like this format, ever since the great duets of Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell. Check the 'Topics', then 'Tags' on the right to find out more reviews for the trumpet-drums format, or use the search engine to find more reviews about Scott Tinkler.

A short review for a really nice album, nothing too exceptional, and maybe not as good or special as his previous albums with amongst others Simon Barker (also trumpet-drums duos), Marc Hannaford or the great album with Korean singer Bae Il Dong, yet it is fun. It is great fun. You get eleven pieces, clocking between three and six minutes, all tunes with distinct approaches, with different moods, fresh and open-ended improvisations, performed by two musicians who enjoy what they are creating.

Even if it's adventurous, the music remains quite accessible, with not too many extended techniques, yet with obvious instrumental mastery by both musicians. It all sounds so honest, outright, authentic, with a disarming naturalness, without pretence or self-centeredness, it is all about the music. I love it.

Listen and download from Bandcamp.