Tim in Europe

Tim in Europe

Tim Horner Korea

Tim Horner Korea

With all the blogging I have been doing about concerts and various other subjects I thought perhaps now would be a good time to talk out a friend, and musician who has certainly changed my life. That is Tim Horner. drummer, composer, educator, violist, a spiritual motivator, a gentle loving person, and one of my best friends. Maybe 20 plus years ago I met Tim while I was sitting in on a Joe Locke gig that Tim was playing. Joe invited me up to play a tune at the old Village Gate on Bleecker Street in New York City. I had heard Tim play a few times, but never had played with him. The next time I played with Tim was in 2002, when I started a new band after maybe a five-year lapse in my recording career. I had met Allen Farnham the great jazz pianist, and educator on a Liza Minelli tour, and we decided to get together when we returned to New York to run through some new compositions I had recently written. From that get together I formed a band for the recording “The Motive Series” with the late Michael Brecker as a guest artist. I called Tim, and asked him if he’d like to do it with Allen Farnham, Phil Palombi, and myself. Tim agreed, and that began a relationship that has truly altered my life in a really positive way. The record did well, and I was grateful of course to have Michael Brecker on it as he just burned up the two tunes he played on. Since then with a change in the bass slot to Dean Johnson, the band has made four memorable recordings, and been on five European tours as well as recorded a live DVD. These recordings have launched my solo career to place it has never been. I have been able to really get my name out there better than ever before. I owe it all to that band, but Tim and I have now gone off to co lead a band that is currently on a Russia/Asia tour for 4 weeks. It is the longest tour we have ever done together. Tim and I have become one on the stage. I play to my highest level with him as he encapsulates the essence of what jazz drumming has evolved to today. He has a true knowledge of music in every way. As a fine violist, Tim understands melody, and harmony quite well. Better than any drummer I have ever come across, and I have played with many of the finest in the world. He is ever supportive of the music, and lives the music with each and every note he plays. His groove is super deep, and his technique allows him to capture the feeling of all the greatest jazz drummers who ever lived. Players like Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, Tony Williams, and Jack Dejohnette. Tim sounds like all of them, and most of all like himself. Some nights I look over to him in the midst of a performance, and I realize I am playing with one of the world’s greatest musicians. All the master drummers I have just mentioned cannot be mentioned without including Tim Horner. Actually he has something over all of them. He is a fine composer. He has written several songs for this tour that have really proved this to me. His tune “Museum Piece”, that he wrote while looking at a painting in a New York museum for three hours one day, captures everything music is about for me. A gorgeous melody, with deep harmony, and a deeply rooted concept. With an opening statement of the melody with just solo piano with the pedal down, begins this composition setting a mood, which is truly mesmerizing for me as a player. Every night I close my eyes as if in a chant, and reach deep in my heart for a heart wrenching performance of this piece. Then I state the melody as the rhythm section follows me into the highest level of spirituality in music I have ever reached. Then trading complete choruses nightly with Jim Ridl on piano raises my spirit every performance. We step the ladder with each chorus increasing in intensity as Tim builds and builds the feeling underneath us as we reach for uncharted territory nightly. This piece is simply why I live to play this music. I see god every time we perform it. Tim and I have stuck together with the music for 7-8 years now, and it has changed my life for the better. Of course with all this closeness in the music Tim Horner and I have become the closest of friends, and colleagues. The world should know Tim Horner is one of the finest all around musicians in the world. Bravo Tim, and thanks for the music. I will love you forever for the positive effect you have had on my life!

Check Tim’s web site for more biographical information! www.timhornermusic.com

Tim in Europe

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An educator

An educator

Tim Horner Korea

Tim Horner Korea

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View from the stage

View from the stage

Accepting gift

Accepting gift

Autographs afterwards

Autographs afterwards

With embassy host Tom Underwood

With embassy host Tom Underwood

Mobbed at the end

Mobbed at the end

By the look of the pictures above you can see this concert was spectacular. It was set on the top of Incheon in Macarthur Park on an outdoor stage on a beautiful evening. The view from here was fantastic view of all of Incheon. Very beautiful. The band played really well.  The sound crew was really great. They set everything up for us, and were very meticulous about how they did everything. Judging by the way they do things here in South Korea, I think someday they might be on top of the world economy. They do everything with amazing precision, and speed. I was really impressed with the entire set up. They really take pride in whatever job they are doing, whether it is waiting on a table ,doing sound, or just being a driver for the band. it is really something spectacular to watch. Also the people are extremely friendly and warm. The concert went well and we were mobbed at the end, and given some beautiful gifts.

With the 2 quartetsWith the 2 quartetsAlto player Alto player
Quartet #1

Quartet #1

Quartet # 2

Quartet # 2

We arrived at JaeNung College in Incheon for our master class not really knowing exactly what to expect, but as we entered the university complex there was again a huge banner with The Mark Sherman/Tim Horner Quartet displayed as you drove through the gate. When we entered the hall where they held it, there were maybe 100 eager students who absolutely went nuts when we walked in. What a feeling it was for all of us to be accepted that way without even playing a note or saying a word. We set up and the master-class continued.

First 2 different student quartets performed for us play tunes like “Confirmation”, “Stella By Starlight”, “Autumn Leaves”, and “Wave”. Then we each one at a time were to critique the groups. We each had productive things to say, and advice to give to the 2 groups re: time feel, communication with each other on the bandstand, as well as the constant need for all of us jazz musicians to develop our language and improv skills. We talked about some of the necessary tools us jazz musicians use, and generally tried to inspire them. Of course these kids were so excited, it did not take much to motivate them. Then we performed 3 or 4 tunes from our huge list of original compositions that we have together, and of course they went crazy after each solo etc. For the fourth tune we decided to bring play Charlie Parker’s “Confirmation”, as that was one of the tunes that the first quartet played. In that first quartet there was a young alto sax player who had a really nice sound on the alto, and had clearly practiced and developed a little language. He seemed to be one of the better players in the school. So we invited him up to play “Confirmation” with us, we had heard him play it already, and knew he would be comfortable with it. WOW! He nearly passed out with excited and the kids went nuts as he stepped up on the stage. Well we played the melody and I pointed at him to take the first solo. He took 2 choruses, then a third, and much to our surprise with his eyes closed deeply in the moment he went for a fourth chorus. We were all so happy he took all those choruses. It was clearly his big chance to play with an American and, and he just ate it up. I was thrilled. The entire 1.5 hours was a triumph for us as educators, and of course for the students. I am sure now that alto player is a little star in that school. It was a beautiful moment. Afterwards again they showered us with love and applause, and autographs of the 8 CD’s we gave out to the two quartet members, and all the other Rhythm Road materials we had for gifts. It was a beautiful afternoon. Our host Tom Underwood from the US embassy was thrilled with the outcome.