By the time Brinck Johnsen switched from drums to saxophone, it was the baritone sax that took him up the most. But the ideals were not so many. Gerry Mulligan, Serge Chaloff, Pepper Adams and Cecil Payne were the most prominent. But modern jazz was even more marked by saxophonists such as Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Lee Konitz, Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy.

The great tenor saxophonists such as Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, and Sonny Rollins also had a major impact on the young baritonist, causing that both alto and tenor sax was to be included in his instrument holdings. Brinck was of the old school who learned to play through intense listening to gramophone records and participating in occasional jam sessions. He was lucky to be challenged by many jazz musicians who were better established and more developed than himself. They were his teachers. Learning from the best is the most desirable way to acquire mastery yourself. All the big masters of jazz have their own personal sound and way of expressing themselves, and this is what sets them apart from the average. Brinck believes that jazz is a form of expression where personality and understanding of tradition must be the basis for exercising and expanding jazz as a language. And finding ones own voice.

“There is a great possibility that I will make more albums” Brinck announces in a press release.

Brinck is currently up to date with his latest album "Soul Jazz" which can be purchased here on the website.

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