Tokyo's Bad Boys

Joris Posthumus Group

Label: Challenge Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917341621
Catalog number: CR 73416
Releasedate: 09-09-16
- Tokyo's Bad Boys is the second album by sax player Joris Posthumus on Challenge Records (first album: Abyss - 2010)

- all songs written by Joris (expect track 6, by Jacob Bedaux), and as always melody is key

- this album is inspired by musical encounters of Joris Posthumus with Japanese jazz artists, one can hear the different cultures coming together in spheres and times

- line up of standard jazz trio of piano/drums/bass with 3 saxophones

- the whole CD is packed with speed, technical bravoure, emotions and surprises 

- check out the extremely virtuosic piano playing

For this second album alto sax player Joris Posthumus travelled to Japan to tour and record with some great Japanese musicians. He met the band on a festival in 2011 while touring through China with the Dutch band State of Monc. A friendship stayed with Yuichiro Tokuda, also alto sax player and it was Yuichiro who asked him to coming tour in Japan and Korea in 2014. The lively jazz scene in Japan left Joris inspired to write new songs when he was back home. April 2015 Joris invited Yuichiro Tokuda to join him for a small club tour in Holland and Belgium to polish and fine tune the songs. Later that year the songs were recorded in Japan. Full diary of the tour and the recording can be read on his website.

The different approach between Japanese and Dutch jazz playing, more or less the neatly organised and mathematical versus flexible and four-four (times), were merged and all resulted in a bombing of speed and emotions. 

Joris Posthumus Group: 
Joris Posthumus – alto & soprano sax, compositions
Yuichiro Tokuda – alto sax
Yuki Nakae – tenor sax
Shunichi Yanagi – piano
Satoshi Tokuda – bass
Gaku Hasegawa – drums  

Neeraj Khajanchi - recording engineer
Udo Pannekeet and Pascal Vermeer – mixing
Steve Fallone – mastering
"At the age of six, I started playing the drums. After a few years I switched to the clarinet, with the intention of getting a sax. It was clear to me that would be better for modern kinds of jazz. I played New Orleans/Dixie stuff with my dad, who plays the banjo. He took me along for my first taste of playing an audience.
My first sax guru was Jaap Arends. A great Indonesian guy old enough to be my grandfather, and in a sense he was. He gave me tapes with all kinds of sax plyers to listen to. Coltrane, Brecker, Ornett Colman, Ben Webster, Colman Hawkins, Parker, Cannenball, to name a few! I listened to it all. Some stuff I really didn’t understand. I told Jaap this and he just smiled. You will, he said.
As the years went by, I took some lessons from Piet Noordijk. Also, I started studying at the conservatorium in Rotterdam. My teacher was Dick de Graaf. Ben van der Dungen gave me ensemble lessons. This guy took up all my time,
resulting in studying my ass off for the ensembles. But also having fun in Rotterdam, what a city! As you can guess, this was a short adventure. But I just knew I would be playing this reed thing till the end!

After some years of gigging, working and getting generous support from my parents, I took a second try at the conservatorium, this time in Tilburg. I moved to Tilburg and started new groups like ‘Collective Color’ and ‘Post-Human Trio’ (PH3), and made my network there. After my study I started the group ‘The New Quartet’, together with my friend and double bass player Jurriaan Dekker. We did some great projects: TNQ meets and TNQ invites, in which we invited great jazz players from Holland to join us on stage. It was a great time and we learned many things. We played with some really cool cats; Tobias Delius, Wolter Wierbos, Martijn Vink, Ben van der Dungen, Angelo Verploegen, Yuri Honing and SFQ. They gave me lots of drive to write tunes that would fit the guest of the evening. And so I got the opportunity to really explore and devellop my own writing skills and direction."