Monday, June 30, 2008
Pura Fe & Herbie Hancock La Défense Jazz festival June 29th 7 pm
We arrived just in time as the DJ was introducing Herbie Hancock 's opening artist the native american blues female singer Pura Fe .
La Défense Jazz Festival is another outdoor free festival that takes place every year in late june in this business district just outside Paris .
Maceo Parker was here last year as Mick Taylor , Dr John , Buddy Guy the previous editions.
Pura Fe's blues is acoustic simple and beautiful as blues should allways be .
Very nice introduction to Herbie Hancock 's jazz with his monster line-up :
Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Holland, Lionel Loueke, Chris Potter and backing vocalists Sonya Kitchell & Amy Keys.
Herbie has played so many different styles that you never know what to expect at his concert.
Will it be 'blue Note' jazz , fusion , funky or electronic ?
Tonight was a mix of all theses influences from the quietest jazz on piano to the funky groove à la Headhunters ( but without brass ).
Each musicians in this band is a master in his field so Herbie took time to introduced them one by one several times and they treated us with amazing soli.
Very enjoyable sunny sunday with 3 great gigs by Martha High , Pura Fe and Herbie Hancock.
From Funky to Blues to Jazz that's what i call ECLECTIC