The Montreux Dream

COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: Warner/NVC Arts
WORKS: The BB King Montreux Workshop 1999
CATALOGUE NO: 8573-8/295-2

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Claude Nobs could have been a brilliant chef, but a jazz pilgrimage to New York in the mid-Sixties and a meeting with Nesuhi Ertegun of Atlantic Records convinced him to set up a jazz festival in the Swiss town of Montreux.

THE MONTREUX DREAM follows the amiable Nobs during the 1999 festival, sharing some wonderful anecdotes along the way – from enticing Aretha Franklin with boxes of chocolates to satisfying Miles Davis’s taste for black Ferraris.

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Montreux’s eclecticism is the key to its success. In 1999 you could have seen the Dubliners, REM, George Duke and BB KING, whose workshop, included as a 50-minute bonus on this disc, will please blues fans and guitarists alike.