Alyn Cosker Trio

Scottish drummer and his friends play to a very new kind of beat


This article is from 2007.

Alyn Cosker has emerged as the top young drummer on the Scottish jazz scene, handsomely fulfilling the promise he showed as a teenager in the Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra. He has gone on to work in a variety of other contexts, from the Tommy Smith Quartet and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra to Celtic-rock outfit Wolfstone.

His work as a composer is less familiar. ‘This has been my first real outlet for composition, and it will be mainly my own stuff. There are a lot of styles going on within the trio, and I wanted to challenge myself.’

The trio first came to notice in a sensational set at the Glasgow Jazz Festival’s Homecoming concert last year, introducing electric guitarist David Dunsmuir to a hitherto unsuspecting jazz audience, the better-known Ross Hamilton completing the trio on bass.

‘I knew David when we were kids in Ayrshire, but he wasn’t really on the jazz scene’, says Cosker. ‘He is such a musical guy that he picks up things immediately. He had always wanted to play with Ross, and we made a connection right away.’(Kenny Mathieson)
The Lot, 4–6 Grassmarket, 0131 473 2000, 30 Jul, 9pm, £8.50.


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