A "must have" for John Pizzarelli fans!
Joan | Andover, MA USA | 07/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Live in Montreal" should be part of any Pizzarelli afficionado's collection. This concert was filmed during the 1992 Montreal Jazz Festival at the Club Soda, and the sound and picture quality of the DVD is excellent. Seeing the John Pizzarelli Trio perform with a big band is a real treat. The Trio also does a few numbers on their own, without the band joining in. There are some wonderful instrumentals in this concert, including Honeysuckle Rose, a beautiful original Pizzarelli composition called Roslyn, and a show-stopping Sing Sing Sing. Other songs run the gamut from old standards such as Lady Be Good and My Blue Heaven, to a comic I'm Hip. See the rundown of complete songs on this site. (Note that former Trio member Ken Levinsky is on piano in this DVD, not the current Trio pianist, Ray Kennedy.) John's guitar playing is amazing; must be in the genes, he's the son of legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. Along with the performances, there are behind the scenes video of John, the trio, and the Pizzarelli family. John is a great performer to watch (and listen to); he exudes charm and his warmth and personality shine through. And there's no better voice around. If you see the John Pizzarelli Trio scheduled to perform in your neck of the woods, run, don't walk, to buy a ticket! This DVD is 50 minutes long, and 50 minutes never went by so fast! Buy in bulk!"
A young Pizzarelli, just starting to come into his own.
D. Thomas | NY | 01/15/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've followed John's career since he was a young man playing duets with his father. This is an excellent disc. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because then I would have to give his current material 6! Even though the pianist on this disc is quite good, his current pianist, Ray Kennedy, is superior (in my opinion). John and his brother Martin have matured so much musically, and have developed such a tight bond after playing together for so long....you can see the beginnings of it here, and this disc is well worth buying."