Highly established in his career, Alyn Cosker is arguably the most in-demand drummer of the Scottish jazz scene, having worked alongside luminaries such as Randy Brecker, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, Benny Golson, and Dave Liebman (to name few of many), as well as maintaining a coveted residency as drummer of the acclaimed Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. Extremely versatile, his passion for music of all genres has allowed him to reach out of jazz to work with major artists such as Capercaille, Eddi Reader, Hue and Cry, and more, all while tutoring at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Expanding his talents into composing, his first solo album ‘Lyn’s Une’ was released in 2009, showcasing Cosker’s diverse musical tastes with a blend of jazz, rock, funk, and folk, coming together both in soft ballads and big brassy numbers that put him in a genre of his own. Performed alongside an impressive cast including Dave Dunsmuir, Ross Hamilton, Jason Rebello, and Paul Towndrow, the music is full of powerful grooves and unexpected twists and turns, in an expansive and invigorating record.
His latest album ‘KPF’ was released in 2018, featuring an all-star crew of Steve Hamilton, Marcio Doctor, Davie Dunsmuir, Colin Cunningham, as the core group with a plethora of exceptional guest performances such as Rachel Lightbody, Joe Locke, Eddi Reader, Tommy Smith and Paul Towndrow. Cosker’s albums are often celebrated for displaying the sheer joy of music making, allowing each musician to sound their own voice but harmoniously and playfully working together for an exuberant collective sound.
Find KPF on Cosker’s website here, alongside some drum study downloads that include PDFs with notations and videos for performing the piece, as well as personal notes from Cosker with advice that has helped him in his own study and career. Lyn’s Une is available from Linn Records, here.
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