Alyn Cosker Trio

This article is from 2007.

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

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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