Following their 2012 Rattle Jazz debut on Dave Lisik's excellent Walkabout, Sydney-based Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra return with an album penned by contemporary jazz composer & conductor, Andy Fiddes. The project was written as an extended work to showcase trumpeter Scott Tinkler in a big band setting.
Further affirming it’s artistic mission, the Sydney-based Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra has produced a recording that highlights the exceptional depth and breadth of talent at the cutting edge of the Australian jazz scene, a work of great quality and nuance.
A powerhouse of energy and sound, JMO seeks to blur the boundaries between generic musical forms, delivered through the dynamic, rhythmic, and textural context of the large ensemble setting, and by judiciously selecting original music from Australasia’s most accomplished composers.
“We spent 18 months developing this collaboration, a powerfully contemporary work that combines one of our most internationally renowned improvisers, Scott Tinkler, alongside one of the most innovative jazz composers working today, Andy Fiddes” says David Theak, JMO co-founder and Artistic Director. “From its inception in 2003, the JMO has steadily worked towards this, our most ambitious large scale project to date.”
“This is our second release for New Zealand’s fantastic Rattle Jazz label. We love Rattle’s commitment to quality in sound and design, and the fact they have such an interesting and diverse roster of artists, a showcase for the originality and fire of Australasian jazz.”
RAT-J-1031 (February, 2016)
01 Introduction – Awakening (3:25)
02 Steps in the dark (9:15)
03 Interlude – Conundrums (2:15)
05 Interlude – The sound of struggling (2:17)
07 Gathering momentum (9:33)
08 Interlude – past nirvana (1:31)
09 Of barrows, stars & silence (7:35)
10 Where do we go from here? (6:27)
All compositions © Andrew Fiddes 2015
Andy Fiddes (composer & conductor)
David Theak (soprano & alto saxophones, clarinet)
Darryl Carthew (trumpet & flugelhorn)
Dave Panichi (trombone)
Carl Morgan (guitar)
From humble beginnings in NSW country brass bands, Andy Fiddes has quietly gaining a reputation as a highly creative jazz composer and performer. Andy began playing cornet at age 11, and quickly made his mark winning the NSW state junior solo championships 6 months after picking the instrument up. From there it was no looking back, studying with John Kellaway in Newcastle, and giving notable performances as principal trumpeter in the Australian premier of Andrew Schultz’s Where the Dead Men Lie, and winning several state championships and national titles with the Newcastle Police Youth Club Brass.
Upon moving to Sydney, Andy studied baroque trumpet and classical repertoire with Peter Walmsley, and orchestration and harmony with Ian Shanahan and Anne Carr-Boyd as part of performance studies at the Sydney University Department of Music.
From there he changed his focus to jazz, enrolling in the Sydney Conservatorium Bachelor of Jazz and studying under Dick Montz, Gordon Brisker, Mike Nock, and Phil Slater. During this time he formed the group ‘Survival of the Fiddes’ and his large ensemble ‘Fiddaesthetic’ featuring Gordon Brisker. He was also invited to write the ‘Mike Nock Small Big Band’.
Since completing his studies, Andy has developed a unique signature as a composer for both small and large ensembles. As a bandleader he has recorded two records to date, Fear Smile (Survival of the Fiddes), and Livewire (Andy Fiddes). Both were critically acclaimed releases on Jazzgroove Records. He also recorded with JMO and Kristin Berardi in 2010, and his composition Gathering Momentum was performed live by Chris Potter and JMO on ABC Classic FM.
A two-year stay in the United Kingdom afforded Andy the opportunity to perform with members of the F-ire Collective, most notably the formation of a quartet including Pete Wareham, stellar drummer Seb Rochford (of Acoustic Ladyland fame), and accomplished bassist Larry Bartley. The group featured at the Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival in Rome.
Andy has also performed with Ten Part Invention, Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, LIsa MItchell, Guy Sebastian, Killing Heidi, Paul Dempsey, Camouflage – The Australian Army Big Band, Adrian Klumpes (TRIOSK, 3ofMillions), Laurence Pike (PVT), Phil Slater’s Very Interactive Band, and Gordon Brisker.
Australian trumpeter Scott Tinkler has performed professionally since 1983, and is well known for his many brilliant incarnations recording and touring with groups such as the Australian Art Orchestra, Mark Simmonds Freeboppers, The Paul Grabowsky Quintet, The Dale Barlow Quintet, and with international artists such as Mark Helias, Joe Lovano, Cindy Blackman, Billy Harper, Han Bennink, Betty Carter, Branford Marsalis, Arthur Blythe, Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani, and others.
However, it was his debut as bandleader in 1993 that brought him media and public acclaim. His Melbourne-based quartet received rave reviews for its live performances and two albums, The Back Of My Head and Hop To The Cow, both of which were nominated for Best Jazz Album at the Australian Recording Industry Awards (ARIA).
After moving to Sydney he established The Scott Tinkler Trio with Simon Barker and Adam Armstrong, continuing his pursuit of excellence with inspired recordings and performances of his strong original music. The trio’s much awaited ARIA nominated album, Dance Of Delulian (1996), established Scott’s reputation as Australia’s leading trumpet player, as well as a powerful stylist and composer, and a major force in contemporary music.
In 1997, Scott toured Europe and America, a venture that culminated in the recording of the album, Sofa King at New York’s Knitting Factory. He spent 18 months performing, recording, and teaching in Europe before returning to Australia to release his trio’s third album, Shrike Like (1999).
In April 2003, Scott joined his long time associate Paul Grabowsky on a trip to New York to record an album of Paul’s original music with Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Ed Schuller, and Jeff “Tain” Watts. Tales Of Time and Space was released on the Warner label to stunning reviews, many highlighting Scott’s stellar contribution.
Having recently moved back to Melbourne, Scott spends much of his time composing and performing with his trio, and collaborating with various new music ensembles such as Elision, Hydromus Krysogast, and the Australian Art Orchestra.
Scott now lectures at Monash University and the Victorian College of the Arts, and has given master classes at the Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane Conservatoriums, Southern Cross University, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Scott has been a guest at the “New School of Jazz” in New York, and when in Europe he gives master classes at the Den Haag Royal and Rotterdam Conservatoriums in the Netherlands.
Scott has received invitations to perform through out the world in many diverse and rewarding situations in countries such as England, China, The Netherlands, America, Vietnam, France, India, Germany, New Caledonia, Norway, and Tanzania.
Recipient of the 2008/2009 Australia Council Music Fellowship
Winner of the National Jazz Award 1996
Winner of the 1995 ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album, FIRE
Winner of the 1998 ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album, THE FUTURE IN TODAY
Since its inception in 2003, the ARIA nominated and 2012 Australian Jazz Award winning Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra (JMO) has gained a reputation as one of the world’s most exciting and innovative independent jazz orchestras. Comprising 17 members (5 saxophones, 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, guitar, piano, bass and drums), JMO represents many of Australia’s finest improvisers and creates a powerhouse of energy and sound.
The JMO regularly pulls big name collaborators into its orbit, including international giants such as Maria Schneider, Miguel Zenon, Darcy James Argue, Chris Potter, Jim McNeely, Bert Joris, Bob Sheppard, Alex Sipiagin, jazz legend Charles Tolliver, John Hollenbeck, and Theo Bleckmann, plus Australians Scott Tinkler, Dave Panichi, Kristin Berardi, and James Muller.
"Fiddes vs Tinkler is JMO's fifth album, and we’re especially excited that it’s such a distinctly Australian project. We spent 18 months developing this collaboration, a powerful contemporary work that combines one of Australia’s most internationally renowned improvisers, Scott Tinkler, alongside one of Australia’s most innovative jazz composers, Andy Fiddes,” says David Theak, JMO co-founder and Artistic Director.
“JMO has worked steadily towards this project since the band's inception in 2003. All the amazing artists we've had the privilege to work with have helped prepare us for this, our most ambitious large scale project to date. The music of Andy Fiddes is a fascinating combination of tradition, anti-tradition, beauty and muscle. JMO approached the recording of Andy’s incredible compositions with great excitement, privileged to collaborate on a project specifically written to feature trumpeter Scott Tinkler, one of Australia’s great jazz musicians.”