I first saw part of the dvd on Sky Arts 2 and recorded most of it . Some while later I " rediscovered " it whilst browsing Amazon - - and bought . My lady friend and I watched the dvd from start to finish , absolutely spell bound. A most beautiful musical and emotional experience Buy Amazon's dvd/cd package and thrill to what you see and hear - - - a mandolin player who " freaks out " , sitting between Yo Yo Ma and Renee Fleming - - - Dave Brubeck " forgetting " his wedding anniversary - - - so much joy , so much humour - - - just maybe a tad too much mutual admiration society , but since some of the most talented musicians in the world are featured , perhaps understandable and forgiveable . I loved every minute of it .
Bought on a 4 star rating review I found this to be spectacularly bland and uninspiring. Shame really as the line up looked promissing. Will stay on the shelf until next Xmas when I'll dust it off and give it another chance.
This CD is a wonderful, eclectic collection of mostly joyful, mostly jazz tunes. Yo-Yo has brought together some of today's most accomplished musicians in jazz (eg Brubeck, Krall, Botti,Redman), traditional/Celtic (eg Taylor, Meyer,MacMaster,Krauss, Pato), and Latin jazz (eg Assad, D'Rivera)and given us many well-known traditional songs with surprisingly different twist. The arrangements are all well polished and his cello accompaniment adds a warmth and richness to each song.