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|Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - Piano Blues|
Actors: Marcia Ball, Chris Barber (II), Chester Burnett, Clint Eastwood, Chris Farlowe
Directors: Clint Eastwood, Charles Burnett, Mike Figgis, Marc Levin, Richard Pearce
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts, African American Cinema
It may have been underrated when first broadcast on PBS on consecutive nights in the fall of '03, but executive producer Martin Scorsese's homage to the blues is a truly significant, if imperfect, achievement. "Musical jou... more »
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Russ R. (russtacean) from JEFFERSONVLLE, VT
Reviewed on 4/8/2011...
Terrific fun for piano blues lovers
tkdawacs | CA | 03/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If your taste runs towards blues-based piano, watch this video. The "blues" title is (thankfully) used in the loosest, musically correct sense, and features blues, R&B, boogie woogie, jazz (Duke!), rock n' roll, and anything else that rolls up and down the blues scales. The video itself intersperses vintage footage with live performances. Musicians such as Ray (!), Pinetop Perkins, Dr. John, Jay McShann, and Dave Brubeck play next to an obviously awed Clint Eastwood. (It's worth the price of the video to watch the 70+ year old icon look like a 10 year old boy meeting his baseball heroes). There's no music theory mumbo jumbo; the music does the talking. Lots of playing, and occasional anecdotes coaxed out by Clint. About the only minus is the lack of start-to-finish performances. Great fun, definitely recommended."
S J Buck | Kent, UK | 09/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film by Clint Eastwood is the best blues Piano DVD out there. Can you beat Clint Eastwood talking to Ray Charles at a Grand Piano followed by beautiful (what looks like) 60's film of Ray playing "What'd I say". Then they discuss boogie woogie and theres some amazing archive clips of great Piano players I've never even heard of (Martha Davis in particular is astonishing).
Other great players featured include Dave Brubeck who plays some great stuff (which is blues influenced rather than pure blues) but I'm not complaining! Clint looks on in amazement... This leads onto a discussion of Art Tatum (again not really blues - but one the greatest players ever).
A fabulous clip of Oscar Peterson absolutely smokin' from Jazz 625 is worth catching as well.
Back to the blues - Ray Charles plays a couple of choruses of great solo Blues. For purists Otis Spann is perhaps the highlight, a pianist who played with Muddy Waters. Here he is featured in a trio, playing and singing with great passion. Other well known artists featured are Dr John, Professor Longhair, Pinetop Perkins and Jay McShann.
This really is an eclectic collection, but I think theres something for everyone here. Jazz and Blues Piano fans will all enjoy this.
Piano Man | Australia | 07/31/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Quite a good Documentary/Interview by Clint Eastwood. A great chance to see Clint in his real element, a frustrated Piano Player who couldnt quit his day job. For someone we are used to seeing so in command onscreen he seems at times nervous and obviously in awe of greats such as Ray Charles and Dr. John. Not a great facts and figures type presentation but fantastic to see more of the personalities dabble around on home and studio pianos telling Clint how they fell into playing and not a movie career.Some classic old footage used as reference only of the old school players and some re visited Prof. Longhair interviews. Not to be missed if you have Scorsese's collection."