When an artist of the stature of Quincy Jones celebrates his 75th birthday you can be sure it's going to be quite a party. The show took place onJuly 14th 2008 at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival, an event with which Q... more »uincy Jones has a long and rich history, and the cream of musical talent turned up to serenade "Q" on this very special occasion. The main concert lasted over two and a half hours and the musicians then spilled out into the bars and cafes of Montreux with the music still going strong as the sun was coming up the next morning! Backing on all tracks provided by the Montreux In The House Band: Greg Phillinganes (keyboards), David Delhomme (keyboards), Paul Jackson Jr. (guitar), Nathan East (bass), John Robinson (drums), Paulinho da Costa (percussion) Accompanied by the Swiss Army Big Band conducted by Pepe Lienhard
**DISC I and II for DVD only. All content appears on 1 Blu-ray Disc** DISC ONE 1) The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - Herbie Hancock, Patti Austin & Stevie Woods 2) Let The Good Times Roll - Rahsaan Patterson & James Moody 3) Makin' Whoopee - Patti Austin 4) Moody's Mood - James Moody & Patti Austin 5) The Television Song - James Moody & John Robinson 6) Honeysuckle Rose - Freda Payne & Joe Sample 7) Shiny Stockings - Freda Payne & Joe Sample 8) I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town / In The Heat Of The Night - Mick Hucknall 9) If I Ever Lose This Heaven - Ledisi 10) Midnight Sun - Al Jarreau & Larry Williams 11) One Mint Julep - Petula Clark 12) Goin' To Chicago Blues - Petula Clark & Paolo Nutini 13) My Ship / Summertime - Franco Ambrosetti 14) Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Nana Mouskouri & James Morrison 15) Almost Like Being In Love - Nana Mouskouri & James Morrison 16) Miss Celie's Blues (Sister) - Chaka Khan, Patti Austin & Greg Phillinganes 17) What's Going On - Ledisi, James Morrison, Rahsaan Patterson, Tobias Preisig, Patrice Rushen & Toots Thielemans 18) Eyes Of Love (Carol's Theme) / Bluesette - Toots Thielemans DISC TWO 1) Walking In Space - Chaka Khan & Lee Ritenour 2) Strawberry Letter 23 - Paolo Nutini & Lee Ritenour 3) How Do You Keep The Music Playing - Patti Austin 4) The Dude - Al Jarreau 5) Billie Jean - Naturally 7 6) Wall Of Sound - Naturally 7 7) Mama Aifambeni - Angelique Kidjo 8) State Of Independence - Angelique Kidjo & Larry Williams 9) Everything Must Change - Curtis Stigers 10) Cool Joe, Mean Joe (Killer Joe) - Herbie Hancock 11) Ai No Corrida - Patti Austin, Gabi Goldberg, Dorothea Lorene, Stevie Woods, Kent Stetler & Billy Cobham 12) Stuff Like That - Monty Alexander, Patti Austin, Petula Clark, Billy Cobham, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Angelique Kidjo, Beverley Knight, Nils Landgren, Ledisi, James Moody, James Morrison, Nana Mouskouri, Naturally 7, Eahsaan Patterson, Freda Payne, Patrice Rushen, Joe Sample, Curtis Stigers & Larry Williams« less
"Wow, there's no doubt that someone pulled out all the stops to produce this concert. The lineup of stars, from Petula Clark to Herbie Hancock is incredible. They are backed up by a first-rate rhythm section of seasoned American musicians and a big band comprised of young Swiss(?) players that does a very credible job. The music is wonderful too, with updated but familiar arrangements of Quincy Jones classics.
Unfortunately, the problem with this disc is in the recording. You'd think with this much money invested, and probably $100k of expensive microphones visible onstage, that they could have gotten it right. But they didn't... I listened to the DTS-HD Master soundtrack and was very disappointed, especially with the lead vocals. Maybe it was use of the wireless mics or the venue, but the lead vocals consistently sounded like they were coming from the next room. (muffled tone, more and/or different reverb than the rest of the band, not loud enough) It was bad enough that it very much detracted from my enjoyment of the concert. Too bad."
A Wonderful 3-hour tribute to a true music legend!
Steven I. Ramm | Phila, PA USA | 08/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Quincy Jones has had one heck of a career! Older jazz fans know him from his years as trumpeter and arranger for Dizzy Gillespie, sixties rock and roll fans know him from all the hits he produced with Lesley Gore and - of course - everyone knows him from his work on the mega-platinum albums of Michael Jackson. He even worked with early hip-hop artists with his "Back On The Block" CD - still one of my favorites.
Jones is highly respected in every pop and jazz genre and has fostered young musicians with his involvement in school music programs and with scholarships.
This beautifully crafted - once-in-a-lifetime concert - was organized by Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs - in July 2008 and features, not only well know artists who Jones has worked with over his career - a literal "who's who" including, Al Jarreau, Toots Theilmans, James Moody, Nana Mouskouri, Petula Clark, Chaka Kahn and the incredible Patti Austin - who in my opinion steals the show! It concert must have lated longer, but its edited here down to THREE HOURS! The combinations of performers is unique: Herbie Hancock, with Patti Austin vocalizing on the theme from the film "The Good , The Bad and the Ugly" start it off and later Miss Austin joins Miss Kahn for "Miss Celie's Blues" from the film "The Color Purple". (Oh did I mention that Jones composed lots of film scores, including this one? Michael Jackson was not in attendance at the party so All Jarreau and the a capella group Naturally 7, handle his hits. The camera work is excellent - as it usually is on the Montreux Jazz DVDs from Eagle Vision and there's a nice 48-page booklet of photos and tributes included. (They could have used some of those pages to discuss Q's career, but that's just a minor quibble.
The guy is still producing and making great music at age 76. Imagine what they'll come up for his 80th Birthday party!
Steve Ramm "Anything Phonographic" "
Larry Ross | 08/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Got this Blu Ray from Amazon today and put it on tonight. The video and DTS Master Audio 5.1 are unreal. It's like your at one of the best jazz concerts ever. I was expecting a good concert but this is blowing me away. If you are a jazz or Quincy Jones fan....get it."
Wanted to Love it...Just misses mark
R.Henry | Bronx, NY USA | 10/17/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The premise and execution are first rate,I really wanted to give this concert five stars but ......After all it's a concert and the sound mix was definately lacking,poor sound staging,some instruments seeming lost entirely ( DTS HD Master included). For all of the extrodinary talent and musicianship assembled for this once in a lifetime event it left me wanting. The video was shot extremely well and I will watch it,probably just with the LPCM stereo mix"
All Star band and rhythm section but, DO THE SINGERS KNOW AN
Milton C. Flowers Jr. | 01/20/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this without even thinking about seeing it. I am such a big Quincy fan and with all the featured singers and musicians what could be bad about this DVD? Ok, first of all I LOVE me some Patti Austin. She was great, looking good after gastric bypass surgery, sounded great and really singing. Rahsaan Patterson did good on Let the Good Times Roll, Mick Hucknall rocked! Now who in the world decided to give Petula Clark One Mint Julep and Going to Chicago Blues??! Even Nana Mouskouri was not so hot on her songs as well. I was like ??. I was waiting on Ledisi to kill me but she, along with many other singers did NOT know the lyrics!! I'm a big Chaka Khan fan also but she is still reading the lyrics to Miss Celie's Blues?? Wasn't she in The Color Purple Stage Production?? She read the same lyrics on Quincy Jones LIVE in Montreaux 1996 DVD. The background singers were not the greatest either, reading words and looking at each other as if they were unsure. Stuff Like That got junky too, thought it would have been hot since Chaka was there to do those signature things too it. The band ROCKED! I mean Greg Phillinganes, Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample, Lee Ritenour, Nathan East...no complaints there they were solid. Who else rocked? Naturally 7, Patti Austin and James Moody, Freda Payne(forgot her lyrics too but fixed it with scatting and just kinda working it out)and Angelique Kidjo. This DVD is worth having if youre a fan but it could have been better. Happy Birthday Mr. Quincy Jones you are music royalty!"