Friday, June 22, 2012


Just days before the launch of the Montreux Jazz Festival, it's organizers have announced that Trip Hop star Tricky has cancelled his performance with Martina Topley-Bird. Their ‘Maxinquaye” concert was to signal a return of this legendary due. Instead, the Festival looks forward to welcoming for the first time Neneh Cherry with her new and ambitious project: Neneh Cherry & The Thing, as well as James Carter who will be accompanied by his Organ Trio. Spectrum Road will still be featured on the evening’s colourful line-up.

James Carter Organ Trio

James Carter is one of the most admired Jazz musicians of his generation. His music is born out of a deep respect for and intimate knowledge of the Jazz tradition. Yet it is hard to categorize his music as he has such a diverse range of influences and, to him, it is precisely this mix-up that makes his music beautiful. He is known as a saxophonist and he began with Lester Bowie in New York before recording with John Medeski in 2009. Then in 2011 the James Carter Organ Trio released an album which paints a portrait of the Detroit Jazz scene. That same year the Jazz Journalists Association awarded him the Baritone Saxaphonist of the Year award.

Neneh Cherry
“I think I’m built to last.” These are the lyrics Neneh Cherry sings on her latest album The Cherry Thing which she is to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Scandinavian Jazz Trio The Thing. After more than 20 years she is still here, singing with brio and performing her unique music which happily and seamlessly brings together such disparate influences as The Stooges, Ornette Coleman, Suicide, and MF Doom. “Thos who think these sorts of collaborations are inspired will love the album immediately. Those who think these sort of projects are hack will love it, too.” – The Washington Post; June 19, 2012.

Neneh Cherry, the James Carter Organ Trio, and Spectrum Road with Jack Bruce, Cindy Blackman Santana, Vernon Reid and John Medeski perform at the Miles Davis Hall on Friday, July 7, 2012 at 8: 30 pm.

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