Primary Instrument: Keyboard
Jazz multi-keyboardist Scott Kinsey from Owosso, Michigan began studying piano at an early age and almost instantly became interested in the synthesizer. After graduating from Boston's Berklee College of Music in 1991, Scott moved to Los Angeles and was soon touring the world with the critically acclaimed electric jazz group “Tribal Tech”.
In addition to his work with Tribal Tech (feat. Scott Henderson and Gary Willis), Scott has performed and recorded with many of todays music greats such as James Moody, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Philip Bailey, Anne Sofie Von Otter, Bill Evans, Robben Ford, Gary Willis, WDR Big Band, Serj Tankian (System of a Down), David Holmes & The Free Association, Joe Zawinul, Danny Carey (TOOL), Norrbotten Big Band, Tim Hagans, Bob Belden, Nicholas Payton & Sonic Trance, Matt Garrison and many others.
Kinsey has also lent his record production skills to Philip Bailey (“Soul On Jazz”), Joe Zawinul (“Faces and Places”), Tim Hagans (Imagination Animation and ReAnimation - Both Grammy nominated!) Tribal Tech (Reality Check,Thick,Rocket Science), Scott Henderson (Dog Party, Tore Down House) Gary Willis (Bent) and James Moody (“Homage”).
Making the hip even hipper, you can also hear Scott’s keyboards backing up the biggest movie stars of today in the soundtracks to the films “Ocean’s Eleven”, “Code 46”, “Stander”, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”, “Brown Sugar”, “Analyze That!” and 2005’s hugely successful “Ocean’s Twelve”. Upcoming soundtracks include Bob Odenkirk's You are going to Prison and Steven Soderbergh's The Good German.
Scott, as a true jazz synthesist, has always utilized the newest technology and is always striving to reach the improvisational potential of the synthesizer.
Scott will release his solo CD, “Kinesthetics”, in the Spring of 2006. The CD features Steve Tavaglione, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Cyril Atef, Michael Landau, Scott Henderson, Vinnie Colaiuta, Alex Acuña, Abraham Laboriel Sr. and many others.
The Critics on Kinsey: “Kinsey doesn’t just blow incredible solos or lay down perfect voicings; with the sounds he dials in, every note is a three dimensional adventure.” - Ernie Rideout, Keyboard Magazine, January ‘99.
“Tribal Tech's secret weapon remains keyboardist Kinsey, who not only adds harmonic meat with his richly provocative choral voicings, hip comping and counterpoint melodies but also stands as one of the most creative and unpredictable synth soloists around. He is always looking to push the envelope.” - Bill Milkowski ‘2000 “
...Kinsey, perhaps in compensation for his inhuman chops quotient, has now established himself as an innovator for incorporating the human element, in the form of sampled vocals�pitched, unpitched, sung, spoken or screamed�into his custom-programmed sonic voice.” - Phil DiPietro, All About Jazz.com, 2004