John Psathas
Tim Hopkins 


As part of the new vanguard of creative-jazz musicians, Tim Hopkins is just as likely to be seen (and heard) jammin’ with a DJ or at work in his home studio as he is presenting a night of contemporary original music in classic jazz combo mode. His eclectic tastes and innate musicality have brought him to the attention of jazz gurus, pop icons, rappers, indie legends and funksters near and far.

A native New Zealander, Tim spent most of his professional career in Sydney, but after a 6 month stint in New York, he returned to his homeland in 1999 to concentrate on developing the ideas and concepts that have shaped his musical output over the last dozen or so years. Seven is Tim’s most mature and compelling release to date, and a major step forward in his conceptual development. The album is comprised of seven compositions that encapsulate Tim’s musical philosophy and creative direction with great rigour and sense of purpose.

If, as some commentators claim, a renaissance is taking place in New Zealand jazz, Tim is surely one of its leading lights, and his new album one of its seminal achievements. Seven is unique in that it was written and conceived for a bass-less trio of saxophone, guitar and drums, and both Dixon Nacey (guitar) and John Rae (drums) shine in this setting. The inclusion of Richard Nunns (taonga puoro) on Road From Perdition and The Sleeping Giant is inspired.

The music roams with confidence through post-bop (One Set to Rest), midnight blue moods (All Blacks and Blues) and references to melancholy and melodic Ornette Coleman (Road From Perdition). There is the timeless The Sleeping Giants, and later we are dropped into that urgent world of New York in Biting the Big Apple, and to the distant future in the angular and bouncy 23rd Century Love Song.

This is Tim’s first release for Rattle, but we are adamant that it will not be his last.


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