As you know, we’re off to Camp Bestival again this year, so I want to bring you a few acts I’m listing as must watch, and those which were highlights last year.
One such highlight was Courtney Pine
As We Would Say
Children of the Ghetto
When, Where, How and Why
“This album is dedicated to my son Jamaal”
I have a confession. I had never knowingly heard Courtney Pine until he stormed the stage at Camp Bestival last year. Shocking I know!
The guy, wow, he rocked it. It was an afternoon set on the main stage, when there were lots of kids in the audience who, like me, had probably not heard of Courtney either. So it was possibly quite the tough crowd.
Being a consummate professional of many years, Mr Pine, he didn’t let that bother him, and I bet there are a fair few people like me who came away desperate to locate some albums to continue the start of a musical education.
At a family centred festival, it can be hard I’d imagine to be a stand out performance when you can’t rely on a crowd of people being drunk and happy in a crowd whatever you play.
However, being that he was backed up by an amazingly gifted band, it was certainly on my top 3 list of best ever performances I have witnessed.
Not only that but we all broke a record whilst being in the crowd. Really. Not many can say that after a non headline act in a field in Dorset.
I did have a video of it but owing to my children being evil it appears to have been deleted. The sods.
Courtney encouraged us to jump, as one, 100 times. It was so good, and so many joined in, we did it twice. Yes, I was knackered afterwards, but no matter what age, if someone on a stage, whether you’re a fan of their music or not, tells you, at a festival, on a hot day, to jump like a tit, you jump.
It made everyone happy. Simple as that.
The music of course helped, and I came away from that set very smiley, I danced liked a loon and jumped with lots of other folk.
What more can you ask for?
This album, from 1986, is quite the jazz skat fusion, and thoroughly enjoyable throughout, so I feel it would be rude to pick a stand out track in such an impressive LP.
If you get to see him, do. You’ll be gutted you missed out otherwise.