‘The Japanese jazz scene is alive and booming’, says alto saxophonist Joris Posthumus, who during a Far East tour with the band State of Monc became friends with his colleague Yuichiro Tokuda from Tokyo. Joris toured Japan with Yuichiro’s band,’ a fantastic experience” according to the Dutch saxophonist.
In 2015 it was Joris’s turn to invite the Japanese saxophonist for concerts in Holland and Belgium, ‘a bombardment of speed, technique, emotion and surprise’, according to Jazznu. Shortly after these concerts Joris travelled to Japan again to go into a recording studio with a ‘dream team’ from Tokyo. The album TOKYO’S BAD BOYS, released in September 2016 on the Challenge Records label, was received with enthusiasm and was followed by an extensive tour in Japan and Holland but also the group made their appearance at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2017.
‘A fantastic album, full of steaming collectives and sparkling solos’
Coen de Jonge – Jazzism
‘Tokyo’s Bad Boys is an album bursting with speed, love of music, spirit, technical expertise and an ultimate eye for detail’
Rinus van der Heijden – JazzNu
‘Joris Posthumus is an inspired post-bebop alto saxophonist who makes a deep impact on the Dutch jazz scene with his second album Tokyo Bad Boys’
Mattie Poels – Music Frames
JORIS POSTHUMUS GROUP
Joris Posthumus-alto & soprano sax | Yuichiro Tokuda-alto sax | Yuki Nakae-tenor sax | Shunichi Yanagi-piano | Satoshi Tokuda-double bass | Gaku Hasegawa-drums
On this tour Joris had the opportunity to play with many different musicians and see a lot of the beautiful jazz venues in Japan.
Back in the Netherlands he started composing new songs, inspired by his Japanese trip and musical encounters there.
April 2015 Joris invited Yuichiro Tokuda to join him for a small club tour in Holland and Belgium. This was a good way to test out some of the new tunes.
Prior to the recordings the group did four concerts in Tokyo as preparation for the two recording days in the studio. In Japan Joris recorded a new album with sound engineer Neeraj Khajanchi @NK SOUND TOKYO. Mixing was done @studio Wedgeview by Udo Pannekeet and Pascal Vermeer. Mastering by Steve Fallone @Sterlingsound New York. You can read more about the trip to Japan on my journal page