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Legends of Jazz: Showcase (DVD/CD)
Legends of Jazz Showcase
Actors: Ramsey Lewis, Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling, Chris Botti, Marcus Miller
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2006     0hr 30min

LEGENDS OF JAZZ with RAMSEY LEWIS "SHOWCASE" is a dynamic 2-DISC CD/DVD collection of 13 riveting performances from the series featuring THE BIGGEST STARS OF JAZZ and presented on one of the most dazzling AUDIO/VISUAL reco...  more »


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Actors: Ramsey Lewis, Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling, Chris Botti, Marcus Miller
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Jazz
Studio: LRSmedia
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/25/2006
Original Release Date: 04/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 04/01/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 0hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Get this if you missed the PBS series
Musette | San Francisco, CA USA | 04/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I found out about this 2-disk set while watching the "Male Vocalists" episode of the new PBS television series "Legends of Jazz," and after buying it, I find I am really looking forward to seeing all the rest of the actual half-hour TV shows from which these 13 tracks and clips are taken. As for this set, let me say first that the audio and video quality are simply outstanding, among the best I have ever heard, in fact, (which is not surprising considering that the TV series is shot in HDTV and features really outstanding Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound.) Next, as for the performances themselves, they really shine and there is something here for everyone - the set covers everything from latin jazz to be-bop, Brazilian jazz, fusion-type jazz, vocal jazz, and even throws in a bit of the blues, with a great duet by Robert Cray and Keb' Mo'. A really nice mix of artists, older and younger, and a pretty good value for money, considering that you get both a CD and a DVD packaged together in the box. I highly recommend this!"
Excellent Series!
Christopher M. Bronsal Jr. | Rialto, CA USA | 08/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Thank you Ramsey Lewis (and Larry Rosen) for bringing your radio show to the television. More people need to hear what jazz has to offer these days, and this TV show is perfect for people who don't really know what jazz sounds like. It's funny when you ask a person that doesn't listen to jazz at all, to describe what jazz sounds like to them, they will think that every song sounds like big band music, another person thinks that all songs sound like stripper music, or another person thinks that every song has a horn player playing screeching high notes that sounds like gibberish. Well there isn't one definition to qualify jazz music. Jazz music has a huge variety of forms, and the one thing that ties all of the styles together is the art of improvisation.

The DVD - Contains the episodes:

The Golden Horns - Clark Terry, Roy Hargrove, Chris Botti
The Jazz Singers - Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling
Contemporary Jazz - George Duke, Lee Ritenour, Marcus Miller
The Altos - Phil Woods, David Sanborn

My personal favorite performances are:
Roy Hargrove - Invitation
Al Jarreau & Kurt Elling - Take Five
Phil Woods - Star Eyes
Ramsey Lewis - Theme Song

The video transfer is amazing and in High Definition. The audio sounds excellent and is in 5.1 Dolby Digital.

This is a great series, please do not listen to the other review, just because he had a defective copy, he doesn't have to bring the whole score down with a two-star review......I do own the other Legends of Jazz: Showcase DVD - which is not the complete episodes.

I'd rather have the full episodes, thanks to LRS Media for releasing the whole entire series (even if it is 4 episodes at a time.)"
Excellent !
Mauricio Villaverde | 05/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you want to know the great high definition, buy it !
The performers are first class. Audio = *****.
Jazzman | Chicago, IL | 05/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I caught a few episodes of "Legends of Jazz" before buying this, so I knew I would like it. Some of this has not been shown yet by PBS in my area, so I didn't know if the ones I hadn't caught yet were going to be as good as the earlier ones. Well, it turns out that the remainder of them lived up to my expectations. I really like the Kurt Elling and Al Jarreau version of the classic "Take Five" and the Robert Cray and Keb Mo collaboration on "The 12 Year Old Boy". The only thing I'm disappointed about is that there is no Roy Hargrove on here. Hargrove is my favorite living trumpet player and I really enjoyed his playing on the first episode. Oh well, you can't win 'em all."