Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Rediscovering Dave Brubeck|
Actor: Dave Brubeck
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Studio: Image Entertainment Release Date: 08/19/2003 Run time: 57 minutes Rating: Nr
Jazz Master, Dave Brubeck (with Hedrick Smith)
cyclista | the Midwest | 01/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dave Brubeck is a jazz pianist and composer who has created some of the best, most popular, and most original jazz to date. His album, "Time Out", released in 1959, was the first million-selling jazz album. His experimentation with unusual time signatures is one thing that gave his music its own sound. His importance to jazz is inarguable. "Rediscovering Dave Brubeck" does a phenomenal job of presenting Dave Brubeck's life within the framework of his music. In Full Screen Format and Dolby Digital 2.0, the audio and video quality are excellent. When Dave Brubeck is not playing the piano, his music is in the background.The interviews are conducted in Dave and wife Iola's home. At 80, he is still performing and writing music. His piano playing is magic! Dave Brubeck's story unfolds from his upbringing with a musician mother and cowboy father to the days when he was the only pianist in town without a gig on New Year's Eve to his current performance in Berlin. His contribution to music and music history is discussed, but perhaps not in the technical detail that a musician might like. However, there is plenty of detail about critical decisions that Dave Brubeck made during his career, his motivations, the people who influenced him, and the impact that those decisions had on his career. Old photographs, newspaper clippings, and old movie footage are presented. (For more information, see pbs.org and search on Brubeck.) Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times correspondent, is an amazing interviewer, of course.The extras:
* At home with Dave and Iola Brubeck
* "Unsquare Dance" with the London Symphony Orchestra
* Dave talks about the art of creativity
* "In Your Own Sweet Way" rehearsal with Brubeck and sons
* Dave and Iola talk about the process of collaboration
* "Take Five" excerpt from University of the Pacific concert
* Backstage in Berlin, GermanyThe extras include another 30 minutes of material. (The rehearsal with his sons is nearly 9 minutes long.) These are not fluff, they contain substantial interviews and performances. They are a similar video and audio quality to the 57 minute biography. I would have liked to have seen "Take Five" in its entirety, rather than a 3 minute excerpt. I highly recommend this DVD to any Dave Brubeck fan. "Rediscovering Dave Brubeck" is a glimpse into Dave Brubeck the man, and an in-depth look into Dave Brubeck the musician."
The Hobo Philosopher
Richard E. Noble | Florida Panhandle | 06/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is great - but I am a Brubeck fanatic. This is not music - this is biography and documentary. But Dave Brubeck is history and he deserves to be studied as such. I don't think that anything by Dave Brubeck or about Dave Brubeck would be displeasing to me. Since I'm a musician also learning more of how Dave thinks and derives his music is inspirational.
Books written by Richard Noble:
"Hobo-ing America: A Workingman's Tour of the U.S.A.."
"A Summer with Charlie"
"A Little Something: Poetry and Prose"
"Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother""