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DVD/Film Reviews

DVD/FILM REVIEWS

The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris

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Various Artists The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris Rounder Records 2016 When Emmylou Harris truly began her solo career, after working with the late Gram Parsons upon recommendation from Chris Hillman, she quite quickly transcended the s 'cosmic American music' created by the former member of the Byrds and the co-founder of the Flying Burrito Brothers. Over the course of its near two-hour duration, The Life and Songs draws the arc of Harris' career ...

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The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years

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The BeatlesEight Days a Week: The Touring Years (2 DVD Deluxe Edition) Universal Music Group 2016 Even with an almost immediately coincidental announcement of home video release in the early fall of 2016, Ron Howard's Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years elicited a response so great on its initially limited theatrical showings, the film compelled subsequent extended runs. And rightly so, for the former TV star and renowned director's film contains a mix of ...

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Bill Evans: Time Remembered The Life And Music Of Bill Evans

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Bill Evans: Time Remembered The Life And Music of Bill Evans A Film By Bruce Spiegel 2016 Eight years in the making, Bruce Spiegel's touching documentary on the life and music of the late, great, and mysterious pianist is a must-see for jazz history buffs, as well as for anyone who enjoys cool, impressionistic piano--the style Bill Evans pioneered beginning in the early 1950's and owned and expanded up to his death ...

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Jimmy Scott: I Go Back Home

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Jimmy Scott: I Go Back Home Kemper Music, Sine Qua Non Music 2016 “Little" Jimmy Scott (1925-2014) was for a long time the world's greatest jazz singer nobody ever heard of. Enormously talented, with an intuitive grasp of the jazz idiom and the blues, he began his ascendance as a singer with Lionel Hampton's band in the 1950s, and then almost vanished from the scene for three decades. In 1991, Velvet Underground guitarist Lou Reed and ...

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U2: Innocence + Experience: Live in Paris

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U2 Innocence + Experience: Live in Paris Interscope 2016 Music's soothing powers in times of tragedy and upheaval have proven to give comfort, inspire dialogue and open people's minds. Giving succor to victims of tragedies and terrorist attacks is in a way music's noble employment. Music always provides time and space for reflection. In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris in November 2015, when terrorist squads attacked various locations in ...

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Eberhard Weber: The Jubilee Concert

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Eberhard Weber Eberhard Weber: The Jubilee Concert Naxos 2015 German bassist Eberhard Weber's 75th birthday celebration has already been documented in audio form on Hommage à Eberhard Weber (ECM, 2015). This video document more fully captures the celebratory tone of the event, includes a bit of bonus material, and perhaps most importantly, presents Pat Metheny's composition “Hommage" as the multi-media event it was created to be. Weber was both the honoree ...

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk: The Case of the Three Sided Dream

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk The Case of the Three Sided Dream Monoduo Films 2016 Rahsaan Roland Kirk as the natural successor to Bird and Coltrane? It's certainly a debatable point, and it might overlook the place of Sonny Rollins and Ornette Coleman in the evolution of saxophone playing during the first post-bop generations, but The Case of the Three Sided Dream, a documentary directed by Adam Kahan, makes a tenable case for reassessing the multi-reed ...

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Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty

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Johnny Winter Down & Dirty Megaforce Records2016 Johnny Winter's life and times were so colorful that even a painstakingly conceived and executed documentary such as Down & Dirty almost begs credibility. Yet as closely as the film delves into the albino bluesman's lifestyle in his later years, on the road and off, it makes a viable case that his album Still Alive and Well (Columbia Records, 1973) was just the first step in his road ...


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