on December 28, 2011
An amazing more-than-full-length concert! Just sit back in your easy chair and pretend you are at Carnegie Hall! This DVD is well worth buying if you are an Eastwood movie buff and jazz fan. And if you are not that familiar with Clint's movies, then the jazz performances alone make this DVD a bargain. Various Eastwood movie themes and soundtrack tunes are arranged and played by some of the best musicians in the country. A real collectors item, as many of the musicians appearing on stage are toward the end of their performing lives and may not appear again on DVD. Kyle Eastwood's quartet really swings with the best of them-- I didn't realize what an accomplished bass player he has become. (He was wearing his Dad's Dirty Harry sideburns) lol
A bit of a warning to new jazz fans though: many of the movie themes featured are on the slow side, so if up-tempo jazz is your interest, then the video may lag in places for you.
All in all, though, a superbly recorded jazz concert and fitting tribute to one of America's best jazz lovers and film makers!
on April 29, 2002
This 1996 Carnegie Hall concert rates right up there with the best -- Billie Holliday, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis..... For me, watching James Carter and Joshua Redman together riff with the Carnegie Center Jazz Orch is worth the price of admission, but there is much, much more and a collection of great vocalists and instrumentalists having a good time and letting it all loose. If you haven't heard Kevin Mahogany or caught Jay McShann (in whose band Charlie Parker cut his teeth) here's your chance. And, if Lester Leaps In, with Redman, James Moody, Roy Hargrove, Charles McPherson, Flip Phillips, Carter and company doesn't leave you wanting to dance in the gilded aisles nothing ever will. Though some purists might object to the occasional cuts (rather brief and often witty) from Eastwood movies and the laid back comments of patron Clint himself (and his less laid back piano playing), I found it all rather well done and thoroughly enjoyable. The guy's paid his dues to this art form and he gets his just deserts here. Above all, fine sound, excellent photography and almost two hours of the best jazz you will find on film. A great intro to jazz across generations and its contemporary energy. Full stop.
on May 11, 2003
THESE ARE WONDERFUL JAZZ MUSICIANS. THE ONLY THING THAT KEEPS ME FROM RATING THIS 5 STARS IS THE CONSTANT INTERRUPTIONS OF FILM CLIPS FROM CLINT'S OLD MOVIES. I KNOW SOME PEOPLE LIKE THIS STUFF BUT WHEN I WATCH MUSIC I LIKE TO GET INTO IT AND I DON'T LIKE COMMENTARY AND FILM CLIPS. EVEN WITH THAT, IT'S STILL GREAT MUSIC. WITH ALL THE RAP MUSIC? NOWADAYS IT'S A JOY TO SEE SOMEONE THAT CAN ACTUALLY PLAY THEIR INSTRUMENTS. I HOPE THAT THIS ISN'T A LOST ART. THESE GUY'S PLAY AS WELL AT THE OLD JAZZ GREATS. THE SOUND IS REAL GOOD TOO.