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Legends: Live at Montreux 1997 [Blu-ray]

Steve Gadd , Joe Sample    NR (Not Rated)   Blu-ray
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The opportunity to hear Eric Clapton stretch out in an unusual (for him) setting and in the company of musicians the likes of which he rarely plays with is the principal attraction of Legends - Live at Montreux, recorded in 1997 during the Swiss city's annual jazz festival. Clapton is joined by some superb musicians here (pianist Joe Sample, saxophonist David Sanborn, bassist Marcus Miller, and drummer Steve Gadd); but he is clearly the guy the crowd came to see, and as always, he delivers a passel of passionate, stinging solos. But although some of the repertoire has clearly been tailored for him (there are several straight blues numbers, along with the inevitable "Layla"), he's a bit out of his element. Not that this is by any means a jazz concert; notwithstanding the jazz chops of the other players, the bulk of the nearly two-hour set consists of funky, R&B-based grooves, requiring Clapton to play some intricate rhythm figures and ensemble lines, all of which he does well (he's especially effective on "Put It Where You Want It," a Sample tune from his days with the Crusaders). But where a guitarist like, say, Kenny Burrell could imbue this kind of material with interesting chord substitutions and jazz scales, Clapton sticks with the straight-ahead rock style that made him famous, and sometimes it simply doesn't fit. That won't make much difference to folks who just want to hear the man play. The more nettlesome issue is the fact that despite a couple of certified classics (Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood" and Jelly Roll Morton's "Shreveport Stomp," neither of which includes the guitarist), overall this music consists of too many riffs and not enough melodies, too many repetitive jams and not enough tunes. In short, Legends - Live at Montreux's biggest problem is its tendency to be boring. --Sam Graham --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars great jazz collaboration Sept. 24 2009
By Cheryl TOP 100 REVIEWER
I had no expectations so thoroughly enjoyed this dvd. It might seem odd to watch this perhaps mix-mash of different style musicians, but the jazzy collaboration is wonderful, and the music is great. (Just don't expect a Clapton show or a Sanborn show - each is one of five stand-out musicians who combine to make a great sound.) I wish I'd held out for the blu-ray though - I think it would look great. As is, this regular dvd is fine, and for the most part, I'm more interested in listening. (FYI - no dvd extras, but liner notes, and concert runs approx. 1hr. 45min.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clapton toujours à la hauteur! May 4 2010
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Ce show est différend de ce que l'on connait de Clapton, arrangements plus "JAZZ" mais toujours aussi fantastique. La qualité sonore est excellente et à la hauteur des meilleurs systèmes audiophiles. Super !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good review Nov. 20 2010
this is well played blues by all the players individually and as a group. They all functioned well within the group and during their solos. The tunes all had good energy and kept my interest and most of the people I know who watched this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites Oct. 7 2010
This is a great show , they are playing with great joy... they are all my favorites : Eric, David, Steve and Marcus Miller....
Great recording quality.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too much sax - I hate sax. May 21 2009
It's not with the product itself. The quality of production is great. But mostly, since I bought a 1997 show, I should have been aware that there would be lots of 90s "sound" in it.

Gadd, Sample, Miller and Clapton are amazing and I'm sure Sanborn is a unique sax player.

But Kenny G killed the clarinette and sax genre in the 90s.

So after 2 or 3 song of earing Sanborn destroy the magic of the show with his playing, I simply stopped listening to it.

I'm sure that I am not alone out there who is fed up with this sound.

But if you don't mind the sax, you're in business...

Sorry for David.
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