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James Carter Organ Trio featuring Gregory Porter @ North Sea Jazz 2012

11 Jul

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.

Back To Basics

18 Nov

In this time of mp3’s, iPods and torrent seeds, there are a lot of moments when I am missing listening to music. And I mean listening. Those moments when you buy a new cd and put it in your cd player for the first time and doing nothing but sit in your couch listening. Or those moments when I listened to my parents’ vinyl records over and over, all those Beegees, Zappa and Ry Cooder songs.

That made me decide to buy a turntable myself and start collecting vinyl. As a good beginning, I bought about eight records. Later I was surprised it was all black music. All soul, hiphop and jazz.

These are some of the records I like most. Just listen to some of my favourite songs. Sure you’ll like it.

Candy by Lee Morgan

Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters

The World Is Yours by Nas

Rocket Love by Stevie Wonder

War/No More Trouble by Bob Marley

Doing It To Death by The J.B.’s

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