Last friday I visited the Dutch jazz festival North Sea Jazz in Ahoy, Rotterdam. And pff, I definitely saw some of the best musicians walking on earth at this moment. Starting the day with the complex and improvised music of the Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio, contuining with jazz legend McCoy Tyner together with ‘son-of’ Ravi Coltrane and then via Van Morrison to Michael Kiwanuka. Kiwanuka (remember?) played all his jazzy soul songs with a five-piece band and he really blew me away. Check these videos as proof: Bones and I’ll Get Along.
After watching two songs by a disappointing John Scofield, I saw one of the most amazing concerts I have ever seen. Jazz saxophonist James Carter played with his organ trio: exactly what I like, the rawness of just drums, organ and saxophone is just what I love. I had never heard of James Carter before I saw the program of the festival. Some youtube videos convinced me to see him and he didn’t let me down. Carter is probably the most skilled and energetic jazz musician I have ever seen. That guy can get any sound of his saxophone. To top it off, jazz vocalist Gregory Porter was invited as a special guest. The fact that they never performed or even rehearsed together made the concert such a spontaneous and special event. To catch part of the vibe, check these videos: 1960 What? and an interview with Gregory Porter.