The View From Here

by Tim Stocker

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1.
Louch 07:57
2.
Messages 12:57
3.
The Bad 09:46
4.
161W56 07:34
5.
The River 10:49
6.
Old Times 10:05
7.
Oct19 07:08

about

The View From Here was recorded in 2015 at the end of my stint in NYC and brings together some expat Aussies (Troy Roberts and Matt Clohesy) and American Musicians (Bennett Paster and Jordan Perlson). I have been living in Singapore since 2016 until moving back to Australia in December 2019. I'm now based in Melbourne.

Most of the tunes are reflections of growing up in semi-rural Australia.

Louch - An age old question... Is it a Lounge or a Couch?

Messages - This one features Troy Roberts on Tenor Sax. It's about the building of the overland telegraph line from Darwin to Port Augusta in South Australia that connected Australia to the rest of the World - Hence the cover image from the State Library of South Australia. I originally named this tune Terra Incognita from the first message sent along the telegraph line on August 22nd 1872.
"WE HAVE THIS DAY, WITHIN TWO YEARS, COMPLETED A LINE OF COMMUNICATIONS TWO THOUSAND MILES LONG THROUGH THE VERY CENTRE OF AUSTRALIA, UNTIL A FEW YEARS AGO A TERRA INCOGNITA BELIEVED TO BE A DESERT".

The Bad - Is about all the dangerous Australian creatures that the rest of the World are terrified of.

161W56 (Trio) - is the stage door entrance to Carnegie Hall where I was fortunate to watch a rehearsal of the Orpheus Ensemble w/ the Wayne Shorter Quartet along with 2 other audience members... all because of a connection from the cafe where I worked making coffee!

The River - Is about a family 4WD trip where we intended to cross the Simpson Desert but couldn't because of flooding in Central Australia. All those dry river beds that overflowed from the downpour.

Old Times - Is a reminder that Australia is a lot older than a couple of hundred years and to respect where we live and the people who have cared for the land throughout its long history.

Oct 19 - was the date that I realised that I would soon be leaving NYC.

Enjoy the music!!

Tim Stocker
Baritone Saxophone & Bass Clarinet
Hammond Organ (Track 2 & 5)
Piano (Track 5 & 7)
Bennett Paster
Piano & Fender Rhodes
Matt Clohesy
Acoustic & Electric Bass
Jordan Perlson
Drumkit
Troy Roberts
Tenor Saxophone (Track 2)

credits

released July 28, 2019

Original Music Composed & Arranged by Tim Stocker ©timstockermusic2019
Recorded at Big Orange Sheep, Brooklyn NYC
Engineer Chris Benham
Mixed at Linear Studios, Sydney by Sean Van Doornum
Mastered by Nate Wood
Cover Image courtesy of the State Library of South Australian, Laver Collection
Photography by Nolan Bradbury

Tim Stocker plays P. Mauriat Baritone Saxophones and Jody Jazz Saxophone Mouthpieces

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Tim Stocker Melbourne, Australia

Tim is an Australian Saxophonist living in Melbourne after 4 years in Singapore and nearly 6 years in NYC.

"Tim is a true baritone player with a deep understanding of the sound and possibilities of the instrument. He highlights the baritone's lyricism while avoiding melodic cliches. He is a special musician.”
- ROGER ROSENBERG, Baritone Saxophonist NYC
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