Thursday, May 21, 2009

Nattjazz, Bergen 20 May 2009

The Nattjazz festival started off yesterday, and what a start it was! I focused on two concerts in one of the smaller venues. First out was Speeq with Luc Ex (b), Phil Minton (voc), Hasse Poulsen (g) and Mark Sanders (dr). The band was great, but Phil Minton made my day. He grunts, shouts, whispers, yodels and then suddenly sings with a beautiful delicate voice. Fantastic!
Next out was OFFONOFF. Paal Nilssen-Love (dr), Terrie Ex (g) and Massimo Pupillo (b) came running on to the stage (true), counted and got going at full steam with their "punkrockimpro" (as the festival calls it). They play more rock than jazz, and more noise than rock, and it's great fun all the way. Paal Nilssen-Love is sweating liters, and dries himself by hugging friends after the show! Yach!
I listened to parts of Nils Petter Molvær's concert too. It sounded real good, and the lights were stunning. Unfortunately the audience at the back (where I had to stay) started to get pissed, and didn't concentrate at all. These musicians deserve better, but hopefully they didn't notice.

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