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Review by Scott Yanow: Tineke Postma - The Dawn of Light


The masterful altoist and soprano-saxophonist Tineke Postma is heard at her best on The Dawn Of Light

Of the many fine talents to be found in Dutch jazz, Tineke Postma seems among the key musicians who are destined to achieve international fame. An adventurous soprano and alto saxophonist whose brand of relaxed freedom recalls Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy and perhaps Jane Ira Bloom at times, her playing is based in bop while being open to the influence of the avant-garde. 35 as of this writing, Postma has worked on Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project, guested with other bands, and led her own groups during the past decade.

On The Dawn Of Light, her fifth CD as a leader, Postma is heard at the head of her regular quartet which also featured pianist and keyboardist Marc Van Roon, bassist Frans Van Der Hoeven and drummer Martijn Vink. The combot performs six of Postma’s originals, two by Van Roon, Heitor Villa Lobos’ “Cancao De Amor” and Thelonious Monk’s “Off Minor.”

Tineke Postma’s solos are conversational, unpredictable and utilize her own unusual accents and phrasing. She has attractive tones on both of her horns and does not sound like any of the usual dominant influences. Her playing features a steady flow of creative ideas. Marc Van Roon’s piano playing follows Postma closely (particularly on their duet version of “Off Minor”) and his accompaniment is as stimulating as his solos. Van Der Hoeven and Vink are excellent in support of the group. As a bonus, Esperanza Spalding takes a guest vocal on “Leave Me A Place Underground.”

The Dawn Of Light is an excellent introduction to the inventive music of Tineke Postma.
Scott Yanow

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