Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Jazz Channel Presents Herbie Hancock |
BET on Jazz
Actor: Herbie Hancock
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Legendary jazz pianist, composer and innovator Herbie Hancock performs live on "Jazz Central." This concert was recorded live at Black Entertainment Television's Studio II in Washington, D.C. It features Hancock playing hi... more »
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Larry Bouchard | Prospect, KY USA | 06/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being a long time HH fan, I was nonetheless not sure about picking this one up since other jazz concert DVD's (straight ahead AND fusion) that I've bought sound nice but can get monotonous after a few plays.Now I can say it's the best concert DVD in my collection. Herbie's never sounded better, the recording is absolutely stunning sonically, and the material is so good with so much constant variety and awesome musicianship all around that there's never a dull moment.When people come over, this is the music DVD I put on. They're always floored by the sound. One guy actually paid over $20K to buy all the components in my stereo setup for himself after seeing and hearing this DVD. He had to have it all. Lucky I didn't play any other DVD's while he was there..After owning many LPs and CD's of Herbie over the years, I can tell you this is the one I always knew he had in him. I can't imagine anyone with any sense of musicality being disappointed."
Who's in the band?
Keith Maxwell Button | Columbus, OH | 12/03/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I really do enjoy this DVD but when comparing to Herbie's other releases certain faults become glaring. First of all the overall sound and video production is no where near as good as Herbie's Future 2 Future Live DVD, then again that is probably the best overall production I have ever seen and heard. In this Jazz Channel DVD the drums are a little muffled and the acoustic bass is almost completely missing from the mix. The band on the whole also seems a little "loose" on the form of a couple of tunes and one gets the impression they haven't been playing as a unit for very long. My last gripe about the DVD is that no where on the back cover or anywhere in the "credits" is there a list of the amazing musicians playing with Herbie. Of course you can find out who the executive producer is but who's playing bass? Who's on the trumpet? The sax? To me that is a list of people who should be at the top of the credits... the people playing the music!"
Herbie at his best!
Larry Bouchard | 02/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although I enjoy Herbie's electronic stuff, I think he's at his best playing acoustic. This DVD is an excellent example of his acoustic side. The percussionist adds alot of color and depth to the more traditional jazz quintet format. The surround mix is natural, not gimmickey as some other surround products are.Overall a very dynamic performance, well captured. It's good to know that acoustic jazz is being presented in good form. The only thing that could surpass this DVD would be going to see this ensemble live. I hope I get the chance."
HANCOCK TAKES ULTRA-HIP TO A NEW LEVEL!
Gregory Lawrence | Huntington, WV USA | 02/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Man... I had to pause the show from excitement to rush in an write a review!
Just got the DVD in today, watched & listened to the first three performances (cause these are much more than just "songs") and I am completely blown away!
The level of musical geniousness onstage is mind boggling! From the woman on drums to the wild show-stopping percussionist Herbie Hancock went above and beyond the normal realms of listening to jazz.
You can tell there is some improv throughout the show but it's so tight it might as well have been written and rehearsed a thousand times...these musicians ARE what they play!
Don't pass this one up, jazz lovers and musicians of all instruments need to see and hear what Hancock has cooked up this time around.
Baby, it's gonna be "Your New Cool Thing". Guaranteed.
Now I gotta get back to the show!