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TIM LIN | ROMANCE IN FORMOSA

One of the most exciting milestones in a musician’s career is their
first recording, and in Tenor Saxophonist Tim Lin’s case, his first public
offering bears the hallmarks of an emerging artist stepping onto
the scene for the long haul.

The evocative title chosen by the Taiwanese-American saxophonist,
“Romance in Formosa” is as much a play on words (the record is a standards
album composed of 5 romantic gems drawn from that mighty repertorial
benchmark, The Great American Songbook as well as a Sonny Rollins tune
and an original composition a piece) as it embodies the strong, eternal values
that serve as the pillars of Tim’s burgeoning artistry. Heritage (Taiwan was once
the “Republic of Formosa”), Romance (one phrase from Tim’s horn reveals this)
and Tradition (the depth of his tone transports one to the golden age of the
Jazz art form). However, one mustn’t confuse Tim’s respect and consideration
for Jazz and its history with the stodgy traditionalism so prevalent in his
generation of straight ahead jazz musicians. Mahler once mused that “
Tradition is not the worship of ashes but the Preservation of Fire” and
after my  rst listen, it was apparent that I had just experienced the
work of a true Keeper of the Flame. -Aaron Johnson, NYC Jazz Saxophonist

Tim has performed with jazz luminaries such as Kenny Burrell, Tootie Heath,
Russell Ferrante, Terri Lyne Carrington, Carl Allen, Mike Clark, Essiet Okon Essiet,
among others. Tim was the  rst runner up for the International Taichung
Saxophone Competition behind Tivon Penicott. Tim was also a  nalist
in the 2018 Thelonious Monk Institute College Program (Herbie Hancock
Institute of Jazz) where he performed for Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock,
Ambrose Akinmusire, and Herb Alpert.

Tim has been mentored by some of the greatest tenor saxophonists
of our generation including Bob Sheppard, Bob Mintzer, Larry Schneider,
and Jerry Bergonzi.

Currently splitting his time between New York City, Boston,
San Francisco, and Taiwan, Tim is an active jazz artist & freelance musician,
educator, author, and composer on the scene. Tim’s debut record entitled
“Romance in Formosa” was produced by Bob Sheppard, featuring Andy
LaVerne on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, and Billy Drummond on drums.

“Tim Lin’s debut album is a knockout.
His sensitivity, enthusiasm, language,
and articulation give him his own voice.
Congratulations!!!” -Jerry Bergonzi

“Tim Lin has created a beautiful recording
that highlights his playing in such a natural way.
His tone and lyricism are striking. Tim is someone
to keep you eyes and ears on.” – Bob Mintzer


BIO:
Born and raised in a small suburban town called Fremont, California, Tim Lin is a Taiwanese-
American jazz talent whose progressive sound comes from his love of the bebop jazz tradition
and history. 

In his youth, Tim studied with bay area saxophonist and educator Dann Zinn. Guided by Zinn’s
inspirational teaching for developing craftsmanship of daily practice, Tim discovered his passion
for jazz and calling to become a musician.

Soon after, Tim received a scholarship to study with the world-renowned jazz recording artist
Bob Sheppard at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.
During his college years in Los Angeles, Tim was a member of the award winning USC
Thornton Jazz Orchestra lead by Bob Mintzer, in addition to the USC Honors Combo directed by
Jason Goldman.

Tim was the first runner up for the International Taichung Saxophone Competition behind Tivon
Penicott. Tim was also a finalist in the 2018 Thelonious Monk Institute College Program (Herbie
Hancock Institute of Jazz) wher
e he performed for Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ambrose
Akinmusire, and Herb Albert.
Tim has performed with jazz luminaries such as Kenny Burrell, Tootie Heath, Russell Ferrante,
Terri Lyne Carrington, Carl Allen, Mike Clark, Essiet Okon Essiet, among others.

Tim has been mentored by some of the greatest tenor saxophonists of our generation including
Bob Sheppard, Bob Mintzer, Larry Schneider, and is currently a student of Jerry Bergonzi.
Currently splitting his time between New York City, Boston, San Francisco, and Taiwan, Tim is
an active jazz artist & freelance musician, educator, author, and composer on the scene.
Tim’s debut record entitled “Romance in Formosa” was produced by Bob Sheppard, featuring
Andy LaVerne on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, and Billy Drummond on drums.

REVIEW BY SCOTT YANOW:
From the first notes that one hears from Tim Lin on his debut release, it is obvious that the young tenor-saxophonist already has his own sound and a mature style. While he has the technique to play rapid lines, he shows throughout this impressive recording that he is not afraid to take his time, let the music breathe, and make every note count.

Tim Lin was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, already developing as a modern
straight ahead jazz soloist while a teenager, and was mentored by the respected educator and
saxophonist Dann Zinn. While a student at the University of Southern California’s Thornton
School of Music, he had the good fortune to study with Bob Sheppard, a major jazz and studio
reed player who has an endless number of credits and creative musical experiences. His other
mentors included Bob Mintzer and Larry Schneider.

Since graduating, Tim Lin, who is now based in New York, has worked with such notables as
Kenny Burrell, Russell Ferrante, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Terri Lyne Carrington, Carl Allen, and
Mike Clark among others, in addition to leading his own groups.

For his debut recording, Tim Lin is joined by a superb veteran rhythm section comprised of
pianist Andy Laverne, bassist Jay Anderson, and drummer Billy Drummond plus Bob Sheppard
(who produced the set) on tenor, soprano and bass clarinet for three of the seven numbers.

Sonny Rollins’ “Airegin” serves as a fine introduction to Tim Lin as he displays his own personal
tone and shows that he can rip through the song’s chord changes with no difficulty. Here as
throughout the release, he plays consistently creative ideas that push the tradition.

“You’re My Everything” is most notable for the interplay and trading off of Lin and Sheppard as
the two tenors interact with each other and exchange ideas.

Lin takes the World War II. ballad “Long Ago And Far Away” at a cooking medium-tempo pace
and expertly builds up his solo to a chorus in which he plays a duet with Drummond.

In contrast, “My Foolish Heart” is taken quite slow with the melody telling the story during the
thoughtful tenor solo, even as the chords of the standard are modernized a bit.

The vintage standard “How Deep Is The Ocean” is uplifted as Lin’s melody statement is
accompanied by Sheppard’s rhythmic phrases on bass clarinet. Each of the musicians is expert at telling their story within a short period of time as witness the one-chorus bass, piano, bass
clarinet and tenor solos, all of which feel quite complete.

Next, Lin displays plenty of maturity during a relaxed version of “Weaver Of Dreams,” a
performance that also has a particularly worthy statement from Laverne.

Romance In Formosa concludes with Andy Laverne’s “Pursuing Resolution.” While the two
saxophonists both play tenor during the ensembles, Sheppard is featured on soprano during his
solo. The performance is quite concise, leaving listeners wanting more.

It seems obvious that much more will be heard from Tim Lin in the future. Romance In Formosa
is a very good start.

Scott Yanow , jazz journalist/historian and author of 12 books

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