Joris Posthumus Quartet featuring Tom Beek | The Abyss – [Challenge Records, 2010]
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 players to listen to. Coltrane, Brecker, Ornette Colman, Ben Webster, Colman Hawkins, Parker, Cannonball Adderley, 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. Continue reading