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DeJohnette-Hancock-Holland-Metheny: Live In Concert [DVD] [2001]


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  • Actors: Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Pat Metheny
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ARTHAUS
  • DVD Release Date: 20 April 2001
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005K4MZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,263 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Live in Concert is a feature-length (98 minutes) release edited from two concerts given by the jazz superstar line-up of Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland and Pat Metheny at the Mellon Jazz festival, Academy of Music, Philadelphia on June 23, 1990. This was part of an outstanding world tour following up drummer DeJohnette's Parallel Realities album, though this programme and the original album only have two cuts in common, "Indigo Dreamscapes" and "Nine Over Reggae". Hancock (piano and keyboards) and Metheny (guitar) were both on Parallel Realities but here contribute material from their own back catalogue: Hancock a barnstorming 15-minute "Hurricane" and the closing "Cantaloupe Island", Metheny offering the appropriately nocturnal and reflective "The Bat". Bassist Dave Holland, who was the guest on the tour, introduces the sequence with the longest cut, "Shadow Dance". Here are four of the world's finest modern jazz artists at the top of their game; virtuoso playing certainly, but also impeccable taste and artistry, seamless interaction and inspired music-making. When combined with a transparent, gimmick-free visual style, which simply shows the musicians playing, concentrating on whoever is soloing to offer the best seat in the house, the result is an uplifting, exhilarating example of how well jazz can be presented on DVD.

On the DVD: there are no special features other than a trailer for two classical DVDs, and as such the disc starts playing automatically, allowing it to be used like a particularly long live album without even turning the TV on. Unusually for 1990 the concert was shot at 16:9 and is presented anamorphically enhanced for widescreen TVs, though nothing can disguise the relative softness of live video shot under concert lighting, nor the occasional after-images left by the lighting. The stereo sound is absolutely first-rate, and that's what really counts.--Gary S. Dalkin

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Hutchinson VINE VOICE on 6 July 2001
This documentation of one of the most exciting quartets in the history of jazz (which was difficult to pull off due to each others hectic schedueles) is one of the most amazing concert recordings ever. Holland, Dejohnette, Hancock all played together 20 years earlier on Miles Davis's seminal 'Bitches Brew'album, and Metheny fits in with them and equals their genius.There is a fine selection of tracks that flow together well.The improvisation is astounding, and you can see that they all enjoyed themselves too. Have you ever been to a concert and gone home wishing for a similar expereience to be able to watch at home...well this is the DVD!! I saw them in London on this tour a couple of weeks later, and it that brought this special night right back to my living room.BUY IT!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Henning Parbo on 13 April 2009
I find this DVD an extremely fine recording. The sound quality for one thing is absolutely perfect - I have never heard a drum set so crystal clear in a concert setting. The group playing is fine all the way and the soloing is awesom. I real hit!
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By Michal Moskal on 27 April 2013
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I am not a big fan of jazz but this concert especially is one of the greates achivements of genre,sparklinig with energy beating from every person playing there,of course Pat and his lovely colored shirt is the reason of that from my point of view.
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