Top Shelf DVD
One World Show | Charlestown, RI | 11/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is a treat for any music fan, especially anyone who have followed Duke's long and prosperous career. Set appropriately in a cozy theater, this collection captures the warmth of Dukes performances as well as his versatility. Filmed by an alert crew that is sensitive to the music, this DVD brings you close to feeling what the show was like to experience, not the roller coaster ride flying cameras that have become the fad. Camera gymnastics are not needed to make up for the excitement that is not in the music. Here the artistry of music rules and the thrills are in the playing & the interplay. The sound is mixed clearly with rich fidelity in the recording. In keeping with Duke's musical history, the performance bar is set high & the excellent musicians clear this standard seemingly effortlessly with consistent all pro musical delights. Hearing Duke play solo acoustic blues was a special treat for me, as well as the outstanding performance by Jerry Portnoy. As they have done for decades, Duke & friends leave you with a satisfied feeling. A must own DVD for blues, jazz & music fans everywhere- highly recommended."
Duke Robillard Live @ the Blackstone
G. Watts | Cape Cod | 11/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Have you ever wished you could bring a world-class band into your own living room? Well,that's what will happen when you watch Duke Robillard Live @ the Blackstone!
Duke & Friends can - and do - play it all! Superb blues, jazz, swing & good-old Rock 'n Roll...there is something for every music lover on this DVD.
I don't want to tell you to much & give away all the surprises in this performance, but I will say that Duke & his Friends have stepped up their game & prove they are one of THE best bands on earth. Special kudos to Upright Bassist Marty Ballou for his strong, steady work on this show. He inspired me to get back to some hard practice on my own upright! Matt McCabe keyboards and a superb guest appearance by Jerry Portnoy are highlights!
The camera work & production is excellent throughout! A HIGHLY professional production. I own many many music DVD's & this is one of the best I have ever seen. BUY IT! YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!"