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Pori Jazz 2015 (a review of sorts)

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:37 pm
by Kari Salonen
I ended a 16 year gap in attending big festivals by making my first trip to Pori for the 50th Jazz festival. They had booked Robert Plant and his Space Shifters as the headlining act for saturday, and the rest of the lineup was also very tantalising. And my wife is a major Plant fan, so it was an easy solution.

Who did we see, beside Plant (in amazing form with a mindblowing band, btw)?

I was specially wating for capturing Sly and Robbie at long last. They were there with their joint project with the Norwegian trumpetist Nils Petter Mulvaer. On the stage they were joined by guitarist Eivind Aarset and effects & electronics man Vladislav Delay. Think of dubby riddims combined with ECM type of floating trumpet sounds. At times the elements did not quite lock in with each other, but when they did, the music was very atmospheric. it was interesting to see S&R moving forward and testing new ground through improvisation like this.

We also captured Buena Vista Social Club on their second "Adios Tour" visit to Finland. Charming, heart-warming and obviously very pleasing on the ear. As was Dee Dee Bridgewater with her New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. A nice show too.

I've already mentioned Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble in the Youtubes section, but I want to mention them again. We took shelter from the rainy weather in the club tent they were booked to, more intrigued than buzzing with excitement, but we left after their show well warmed up and with a silly smile on our faces. A terrific band.

Misses: only one I kind of regret: Lee Fields & The Expressions, who ended saturday's program after Robert Plant, in that club tent I mentioned. We gave them a miss fully aware that they were going to give a good show. Our trip home would leave on sunday morning really early, we are kind of old and so on and so forth, so...

Of other pure jazz acts: I would have liked to settle down for paying more attention to Vijay Iyer Trio, but the weather was against that idea. Refined and beautiful but made for clubs or small concert venues perhaps?

Re: Pori Jazz 2015 (a review of sorts)

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:21 pm
by Chris P
Kari Salonen wrote:Sly and Robbie at long last. They were there with their joint project with the Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer


like the sound of that in theory. (Imagine them with the seventies Miles though too!). Thanks for the reviewing