Jimi Tenor at North Sea Jazz festival
The concert of the Jimi Tenor Big Band
took place during a tribute to the extravagant bandleader
Sun-Ra, who died ten years ago.
In the best Sun-Ra tradition the Jimi
Tenor Big Band entered the stage making 'a hell of a
lot noise'. It looked a bit strange to see mostly blonde
musicians from Finland in their typical Sun-Ra glitter
outfits, but from the moment the first composition exploded
the Jimi Tenor Big Band was launched.
Without complicated and unnecessary
pretensions, often associated with the music of Sun-Ra,
Jimi played with a lot of joy with a steady grooving
band behind him. Why don't we see more bands like the
one Jimi is playing with?
Tenor's rock and roll feel, his healthy
'bad' taste for nasty synth sounds makes him attractive
for a wide audience. His band is populated with only
the best horn players around, and supplied with a heavy
swinging rhythm section on top! So let's hope Jimi will
give the boys some more space to solo in the coming
translated loosely from the Dutch newspaper
Volkskrant" by Frans van Erkel, photos by Frans
The concert is available on demand