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Langston with an exclusive interview with the
painter and respected jazz saxophonist.
a dichotomy of modern living where we all have access to more and more
interests and activities yet we are increasingly defined purely on the
basis of one thing – our hobby, our job, our marital status, our
favourite supermarket. The
question, ‘What do you do?’ is only allowed to have one answer but
is much too narrow for the likes of Andy Kinsman who I have heard
described as a jazz saxophonist, a portrait painter and a favourite
amongst the ladies (the last isn’t really a job, more of an
anyone with even a passing interest in
I remember the first time he showed me some of his portrait work and the
complete disbelief I had at the outstanding quality of it.
He refers to it as ‘hyper-realism’ and its photographic
quality and attention to detail is incredible.
However, he is aware of the danger that whilst the viewer can
perhaps admire the skill of the work, that in itself does not make it a
good painting. His most
recent works have had settings which are less ‘hyper-realistic’
whether it is himself dressed as a clown juggling bubbles or the recent
paintings he has been working on based on photographs he took of
Kasabian (whose trumpet player is Andy’s good friend Gary Alesbrook).
was dismayed to learn that he once sold a saxophone to pay the rent and
surprised that he did not really start playing until he was 25. I ask
him how he got into it.
just loved the sound of it and the fact that its like a voice which
makes every sax player sound different.”
who has heard Andy play will know that he focuses on melody rather than
just hitting as many notes as he can.
I ask him whether its talent or practice and he admits that he
probably doesn’t practice enough.
This, however, doesn’t seem to be the opinion of the people he
works with who admire his ability to complement music rather than blow
all over it. This is the kind of skill that can’t really be taught and
which has led to him being one of the saxophonists of choice for
everything from cool jazz to hard funk where feel and timing is
everything; Andy has even been asked to join Gary Alesbrook on Noel
Gallagher’s new album.
chat about the similarities and differences of his creative pursuits. He
explains his love of music and the social side of the Bristol jazz
community but feels there is something ultimately ephemeral about
performing live that doesn’t match the satisfaction of seeing a
painting develop and being able to look at the finished product.
an attempt to get him to put himself in his own pigeon-hole I ask him
the desert island question: his
painting stuff or his saxophone?
pauses. “My painting stuff,” he says after great consideration,
“but it would be a difficult choice.”
doesn’t diminish his love of music and Andy, not being happy with his
current achievements, is now learning piano – a skill he is already
confident enough to demonstrate at some of the jams around