Legends of Jazz: Showcase (2006) Review
(More customer reviews)I found out about this 2-disk set while watching the "Male Vocalists" episode of the new PBS television series "Legends of Jazz," and after buying it, I find I am really looking forward to seeing all the rest of the actual half-hour TV shows from which these 13 tracks and clips are taken. As for this set, let me say first that the audio and video quality are simply outstanding, among the best I have ever heard, in fact, (which is not surprising considering that the TV series is shot in HDTV and features really outstanding Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound.) Next, as for the performances themselves, they really shine and there is something here for everyone - the set covers everything from latin jazz to be-bop, Brazilian jazz, fusion-type jazz, vocal jazz, and even throws in a bit of the blues, with a great duet by Robert Cray and Keb' Mo'. A really nice mix of artists, older and younger, and a pretty good value for money, considering that you get both a CD and a DVD packaged together in the box. I highly recommend this!
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The critically-acclaimed Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis -the first weekly television series devoted to jazz in more than 40 years -debuted nationally on PBS stations in April 2006. Now presented on thesuperior new Blu-ray Disc format, Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis"Showcase" is an all-star collection of 13 riveting live performances fromthe series by some of the biggest stars in jazz. Track Listings:Take Five-- All Jarreau & Kurt Elling My Funny Valentine-- Chris Botti The Panther-- Marcus Miller, George Duke, Lee Ritenour Senor Blues-- David Sanborn & Phil Woods Armando's Rhumba-- Chick Corea 12 Year Old Boy-- Robert Cray & Keb' Mo' Killer Joe-- Benny Golson The Island-- Ivan Lins Mumbles-- Clark Terry They Can't Take That Away From Me-- Jane Monheit & John Pizzarelli Obsession-- Dave Valentin Take The 'A' Train-- Dave Brubeck & Bill Taylor Dear Lord-- Ramsey Lewis