Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia Live '05
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A complete live concert filmed at the TheaterHaus, Stuttgart in 2005 featuring Barbara with Billy Thompson-violin, Peter Lemer-keys, Dave Ball-bass, and Jon Hiseman-drums. Includes the definative live version of one of Barbara's great musical pieces, 'Shifting Sands' and her concerto for small group and brass, 'Living in the Fast Lane'. Beautifully filmed and 4 years in post production, the camera always puts you close to the action.
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It's a pretty straightforward concert shoot, with a few split-screen views and basic but functional camera-work; the main thing is of course the music, which is excellent and despite some reservations the band members had about the first set (alluded to in Jon Hiseman`s accompanying booklet notes) it is a fine performance by the group in this line-up.
A great record of the band to have; Thompson's ongoing struggle against Parkinson`s and the recent loss of Hiseman – one of the country's greatest drummers (see his show-stopping solo on “Shifting Sands”) adds a certain poignancy to viewing this otherwise life-affirming concert.
A hugely recommendable DVD.
This DVD is a testament to the jazz legacy of BT, and the obsessive perfectionism of JH (it took five years to put together), and was recorded in Stuttgart in 2005. There's little about this DVD I can say beyond superb. BT and the band at their live best. Over the years I've been to live gigs and I'm grateful at last to have a record of one. I enjoyed every single track, and with the lights down low the years drifted away and I was back in the Oaks.
If you like jazz I can't recommend this DVD enough. If I could I'd have given it another star.