The Tineke Postma way

If I were to make a list of top Europe jazz saxophonists who all are also female – Nubya Garcia, Frøy Aagre, Tori Freestone, Cassie Kinoshi, Rachael Cohen, Barbara Thompson, Trish Clowes, Meilana Gillard, Candy Dulfer, Josephine Davies and Chelsea …

Published: 16 Jan 2020. Updated: 4 years.

If I were to make a list of top Europe jazz saxophonists who all are also female – Nubya Garcia, Frøy Aagre, Tori Freestone, Cassie Kinoshi, Rachael Cohen, Barbara Thompson, Trish Clowes, Meilana Gillard, Candy Dulfer, Josephine Davies and Chelsea Carmichael would all be on such a list of incredible players – Tineke Postma from the Netherlands would additionally sit very high on it.

Look for Freya, her latest in March, and kick off the build-up by catching a slice of the title track. No newcomer, on this latest record that the Edition label are putting out, Postma, who plays alto and soprano saxes on the album that was recorded in the States, is with quite a band: trumpeter Ralph Alessi, Lines in the Sand bassist Matt Brewer, Potter Underground drummer Dan Weiss and the hugely acclaimed avant pianist Kris Davis. (Both Alessi and Davis along with the new Anthony Braxton drummer Steve 'Dakiz' Davis were in the Sugar Blade trio incidentally gelling significantly but an outfit that still bizarrely hasn't gigged live.) What we have so far on Freya built from the ground up via terse modal beginnings leading to savoury trumpet and sax joustings that funnel into open space and an absorbing solo from Postma is simply a thrill. SG

Photo of Tineka Postma: Dave Stapleton

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Lafayette Harris Jr, You Can't Lose With The Blues, Savant

REVIEW: A supremely laidback insanely swinging treat slipped out towards the tail end of last year. Gifted for feel and embedded with spirit, pianist Lafayette Harris Jr., known for his work more than a few moons ago with Ernestine Anderson …

Published: 15 Jan 2020. Updated: 3 years.

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REVIEW: A supremely laidback insanely swinging treat slipped out towards the tail end of last year.

Gifted for feel and embedded with spirit, pianist Lafayette Harris Jr., known for his work more than a few moons ago with Ernestine Anderson (1928-2016) and Houston Person, is keeping it real with double bassist Peter Washington who is also superb on the upcoming Jeremy Pelt Art of Intimacy and with the great Lewis Nash on drums alongside him.

Wouldn't you just love to be in the same room as Harris to hear some of this? I know I would going by the poise and relatability time after time. He has the authentic swinging club sound completely down. Tracks include 'Bloomdido', 'Love Me in a Special Way', 'Things Ain't What They Used To Be' and 'Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying' plus above all, quite deliciously, 'The Juicy Blues.' SG

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