Friday, September 21, 2007

Tineke Postma - A Journey That Matters (Foreign Media Music, 2007)

Tineke Postma is a young saxophonist from The Netherlands, who studied music in Amsterdam and New York and hews to a traditional post bop version of jazz. On this disc, she is joined by Frans van der Hoven on bass, Terri Lynn Carrington on drums and a host of others on various and sundry instruments. There is a nice arrangement of Duke Ellington's beautiful "Flurette Africanne" featuring flute and acoustic guitar that works well, as does the up-tempo "Short Conversations" with some standout work by Randal Corsen, percussively comping and soloing. She loves her Ellington (doesn't everyone?) adding versions of "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing" and "Prelude to a Kiss" to the program. Ms. Postma and her band are clearly gifted musicians, so my only real complaint is subjective. The music is so highly polished and produced that it seems devoid of effort, grit and dirt-under-the-fingernails energy. It seems like the band isn't even breaking a sweat as they breeze through the music. This dulls the visceral impact of the music and makes things slightly bland. The group does have potential, and as they gain experience they will hopefully grow into their own unique sound.

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