Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Great Women Singers of the 20th Century - Chaka Khan|
Actor: Chaka Khan
Director: Gene A. Davis
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Chaka Khan has been singing for 35 years. The multi-platinum, Grammy Award singer began her career in the early 1970?s with the pre-imminent funk group Rufus. A beautiful and dynamic vocalist, Chaka was raised on Chicago?s... more »
Chaka Vocalizing With Energy & Flair!
chakasworld | Atlanta, GA United States | 09/02/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I just finished watching Chaka in all of her glory on the NEWLY RELEASED '20th Century Great Women Singers' DVD, and it is a must have for your collection. 1st of all, Chaka was in great (and I mean GREAT!) voice during this set (recorded in 1992), and unlike the B.E.T. show, Chaka was no ways tired! She was vibrant, and her voice sparkled. Chaka had some great vocal moments on the B.E.T. show, but she wasn't in good spirits. It was also a revelation seeing Chaka enjoy herself & to interact with the Blue Note audience on this new DVD. Her band was on point as well, but the only name I recognized was Gary Haase, who threw down on the acoustic bass.
After one viewing, I can't say which song was my favorite, but 'My Funny Valentine' (with a new arrangement), 'Carrie', 'Summertime', and 'Alfie' are definitely impressive in illustrating the FULL SPECTRUM of Chaka's instrument. I rate this DVD slightly higher than the BET set because Chaka has so much energy here, BUT this new DVD was mastered in 'mono', and that's the only beef I have. Chaka also looked much better on this new DVD, but I lost count on how many times she played with all of that hair!! Oh, you have to check out Chaka's banter while introducing 'Alfie'. She refers to Dionne Warwick as "that Psychic Bit**", and started laughing!! It was all in love though, and Chaka admitted her mouth was trouble!! PRICELESS!!!
In the end, I give the new Chaka Khan DVD 4 stars, and the 'mono' sound cost it a few points! 5.1 Coded DVDs (with surround sound') should be the standard by now. My verdict..a must for 'Chakaholics', and those who wanted more from Chaka's 'B.E.T. On Jazz' DVD.
(from 'Chaka's world')"
I'm bias, but really.......this is a good dvd
June Evans | Pleasant hill, CA United States | 11/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love Chaka and I have written many favorable reviews for her. I am bias, but I try to be honest. This dvd was surprisingly good, real good. Chaka's energy is on full blast and she is engaging. I think Chaka has suffered from self esteem issues, but her performance on this dvd is of a confident, brillant artist that is having a lot of fun and wants you (the audience) to join in the merriment. Chaka fans must have this, but those who are not fully aware of her talents should enjoy this performance."
A dissapointment from a great singer
E. Latty | Somerset, England | 03/31/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I have listened to this DVD performance quite a few times before i decided to write this review. Ms Khan is no doubt one of the Divas of contemporary music--and that is why I am dissapointed that she allowed this DVD to be relesaed. The audio and video engineering is a shambles and almost suggests that this production was slapped together on the cheap. The flagship tracks (My Funny Valentine and Porgy) pale in comparison to the same versions on the Live at BET concert and the backup group here are no match for the studio group that was on the BET DVD. Admittedly Ms Khan seems to be enjoying herself more here but is seriously let down by some shoddy audio and lighting engineering. Just one more thing, I just wish producers would spend a little more time and care and give the public a little more for their money e.g. a simple thing such as liner notes. They do play their part in enhancing the overall customer experience. Sorry, but I think I will be giving my BET DVD more playing time than this one."
The Joy of Chaka singing Jazz!
G. Carter | Temple Hills, maryland United States | 01/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First, like the first two reviews the sound could've been remixed better, but put that aside and you have a great performance from Chaka singing Jazz, Chaka is in great voice and this is a Happy performance from her! What i love about this performance is you get to hear Chaka use her improvisational skills, which I wish she could do more of."