Prince – North Sea Jazz festival 2011 – The reviews

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This article belongs to the story Prince and North Sea Jazz in 2011: three unforgettable nights in Rotterdam.


The Dutch press was both disappointed and impressed by the North Sea Jazz shows. Many reviewers witnessed the first two shows, which were extremely contradictory.

This article contains the highlights/summations of those Dutch reviews. Since I know that many of the readers on the English version of my blog don’t understand Dutch, I omitted those reviews from this article. Would you want to read the Dutch reviews anyway, please click here, or click on the Dutch flag beside/below this article.

Essentially, what followed was one long jam, a funk workshop by the absolute master.
(NRC Handelsblad, July 9, 2011)

The feeling of disappointment has lingered over this entire day.
(de Volkskrant, July 9, 2011)

At its best moments, the most penetrating ballad, or shuddering guitar tone, or the rawest funk, the intense musical feeling he delivers is overwhelming.
(NRC Handelsblad, July 10, 2011)

In the form Prince displayed on Saturday, he is an artist who easily rises above everybody else.
(de Volkskrant, July 10, 2011)

Prince: the king of NSJ 2011.
(Algemeen Dagblad, July 11, 2011)

Unusual structures, turns, notes, polyrhythms, emotions, it all seems so easy, but it never lacks feeling.
(Blues Magazine, 11 juli 2011)

Equally enchanting as at his stadium show at the Gelredome last year, and the same proof that Prince understands what performing should be like: having fun, enjoying, improvising and playing each and every song like it’s your last time.
(Metro, July 11, 2011)

Prince bursts with true class.
(Telegraaf, July 11, 2011)

The man who had the task to carry this edition of North Sea Jazz, and succeeded effortlessly.
(Trouw, July 11, 2011)

The third time around, luckily, Prince is finally able to hold on to the party atmosphere.
(OOR, July 12, 2011)

It’s nice he wanted to do something different every night, but if you’re not inspired enough or maybe aren’t qualified enough to fill so much time, it’s a better idea to do the same thing three times over, and do that right.
(Jazzenzo, July 13, 2011)

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