I remember when Grace Jones started her career as a singer. Three of her albums in the period 1980-82 were recorded at the Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas. The same with Joe Cocker’s Sheffield Steel from 1982. What was common in these recordings were not only the studio, but the drums and bass, played by Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, aka Sly & Robbie. Yesterday the duo played in Oslo.
2014 has been a great live music year for me, and hopefully for the rest of you, too. Here is the list with the rest of my best concerts this year, from #17 to #1. As such a list will never be exact science, my disclaimer has to be that all the concerts were good, but that the list reflects a mix of the performance, how much I like the music, and, of course, also the visual aspects. (Picture above: The audience to John Mayer at Bergen Fest)
Nattjazz (Night Jazz) in Bergen is one of Norway’s longest living jazz festivals. The first festival was arranged in 1972, and since then it has been arranged every May in Bergen, parallel with the Bergen International Festival. This year I saw the opening night, and got three concerts with some of Norway’s finest jazz artists – Nils Petter Molvaer, Come Shine and Haakon Kornstad. (Picture above: Nils Petter Molvaer)