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Review of Heineken Jazzaldia Festival De Jazz

45th Edition, July 21-25, 2010

Arturo Sandoval at Jazzaldia 2010
Christian Scott at Jazzaldia 2010
Miroslav Vitous at Jazzaldia 2010
Patti Smith at Jazzaldia 2010
Terje Rypdal at Jazzaldia 2010
Vijay Iyer at Jazzaldia 2010
Ron Carter at Jazzaldia 2010

Some European jazz festival towns have ocean beaches. Some have mountains. Some have rivers. San Sebastián, in the Basque region of Spain, has all of the above, plus a promenade that runs for two miles along the golden crescent of Concha Bay. There is a monumental steel form anchored to rocks at the far end, El Peine Del Viento (“the comb of the wind”), by the great Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida. Jazzaldia, which began in 1966, is Europe’s second-oldest ongoing jazz festival (after Jazz a Juan in Antibes), with the second-best food (after Belgrade).

I was able to attend only the first two nights of the five-night program, which meant that I missed Dave Holland, Wadada Leo Smith, George Benson, Archie Shepp, Kris Kristofferson, and Elvis Costello. But I caught seven full concerts in some memorable settings.

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