|Tim Posgate, guitarist and composer is an original. His new CD, Tim Posgate Hornband featuring Howard Johnson, released earlier this year, is a stand out. Posgates imagination runs wild on this recording. On the first track, an interesting composition named Hale Bop, Posgate pulls off funky chords and semi-distorted runs with bop master Howard Johnson adding delightful tuba runs, glides and fascinating tones. The rest of the band is pulled into the mix and offers up their own blend and style of contemporary bop. After this, youre hooked and there is no looking back.
The Tim Posgate Hornband has a very original style. Posgate has composed all of the songs with the exception of How Postmodern of Me by Quinsin Nachoff. As director of the horn band, Posgate allows the trumpet of Lina Allemano to ring out strong and true. He gives equal playing time to the saxophone, clarinet and flute playing of Quinsin Nachoff, as well as the powerhouse playing of Howard Johnson on tuba, baritone saxophone and pennywhistle. On Nachoffs piece, Posgate is a very restrained guitar player, laying down an opening melody or adding tasteful runs to suit.
The trumpet playing of Lina Allemano in Quartier St. Roche is exceptional. She has great tone and feel. Allemanos muted lines are haunting, lyrical and fluid. This is a very romantic ballad performed at a slow pace. Nachoff comes in on the second chorus and plays a nice solo, clarinet and flute, to a graceful conclusion.
The song On the Merry-Go-Round starts with a catchy rhythmic line on guitar, the horns pick up the rhythm on the fifth bar and take over the song from that point. Posgate will make statements throughout the tune, during each guitar entrance you envision a child screaming to go around, just one more time. The horns are the ride and they take their lines seriously but with an underlying sense of humour.
The feel on this recording is joyous, everybody seems to be having a good time. The solid playing of Posgate on guitar, banjo or slide guitar is augmented by the free form playing of the horn section. The darkest tune on the record Goodbye, Au Revoir features Howard Johnson on tuba, playing an old style New Orleans funeral march with great sensitivity and dynamics, hitting notes that are simply unbelievable. A sad tune, but joyous playing nonetheless. This recording has a little bit of everything and a whole lot of great playing by The Tim Posgate Hornband.
report by Paul J. Youngman KJA Jazz Advocate Dec. '06