Tim Collins likes to mix it up. It starts at home; the vibraphonist is married to a successful concert violinist and is intimately connected to the world of classical music. Recording with pianist Matthias Bublath
, Collins has also worked with guitarist Charlie Hunter
, who produced his second album, mixing rock, jazz, and string quartets. He seeks melodies and inspiration without regard to genre, covering songs by artists a disparate as Tom Petty
and Björk on Castles and Hilltops
(Nineteen-Eight Records, 2011), his most recent recording.
In the two short years since he's resettled in Munich from New York, after a short stay in Salzburg, Collins has learned German, landed teaching jobs at the Bavarian International School and the New Jazz School of Munich, released Castles and Hilltops
, and taken his place alongside Matthias Bublath
, Martin Scales, Ulrich Wangenheim
, Tom Reinbrecht, and Christoph Holzhauser as a driving force on the Munich jazz scene.Alan Bryson
spoke with Collins about Castles and Hilltops
, the European scene and the evolution of his career, working with artists including Charlie Hunter
, Ingrid Jensen
and Aaron Parks
. Read about all this and more in Alan's in-depth interview, Tim Collins: Mixing It Up
, published today at All About Jazz.
You can also download Pond,"
a complete track from Castles and Hilltops
, featured as Today's Free MP3.
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