December 2007

Tineke Postma
A Journey That Matters

Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma’s first two albums were well received and this one promises a similar reception. The program consists entirely of her compositions, except for two by Duke Ellington and one by Billy Strayhorn. Her originals exhibit an up-to-the-moment contemporary character with an emphasis on melody. Some tracks, such as her “Magic Two,” are subtle and reflective, while others, like “Travelling Circus,” swing energetically.

Postma plays soprano or alto on most tracks, but brings out her tenor for the up-tempo “Synchronicity.” She projects a full, warm sound on each instrument and gets around them all agilely. As with her compositions, Postma’s improvisations, which may begin gently and build to a soaring climax, are fresh-sounding and melody-driven with shopworn phrases a rarity. The saxophonist is accompanied for the most part by piano, bass and drums, but a guitar is added on three tracks and a small chamber group on three others. Her colleagues’ improvisations maintain the high quality set by the leader. Throughout, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington stands front and center, with her sizzling cymbal work and myriad percussive effects integral to the overall ambience.

Originally published in December 2007
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