Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Joris Posthumus Group - Tokyo's Bad Boys (2016) CHALLENGE RECORDS

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.

01. Tokyo’s Bad Boys  08:23
02 Jamming in the Jungle  07:13
03. Mr. Amano  06:56
04. One Eyed Felix  05:15
05. Mazerunner  09:26
06. Torture of the Wakening  07:08
07. Sad Song  08:52
08. Jacob’s Blues  07:32
09. Jorogumo  07:38

Yuichiro Tokuda – alto sax
Yuki Nakae – tenor sax
Shunichi Yanagi – piano
Satoshi Tokuda – bass
Gaku Hasegawa – drums