Originally Posted by trinifox
How come no 'musical' performances made your (*) list? I know musical taste is personal, but are there any 'live' performances that are worth owning as 'reference' ?
My taste runs to jazz, blues, and rock, so with that in mind, here are some of my favorite Blu-rays of those types to serve as "reference quality" music disks:Legends of Jazz Showcase
A 55 minute "highlights reel" of the high-def public TV series put together by Ramsey Lewis - first-rate video, first-rate audio, and most importantly, first-rate performances. Jazz of several kinds (with even a little fusion jazz-rock) and a blues performance as well. The whole series was issued but only on standard DVD - and all of it may be hard to find right now.Tony Bennett-An American Classic
is also very good, and also short (46 minutes). It's a musical tour of his career, in the form of duets (and sometimes trios) with other artists.Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire Live at the Greek Theater
is almost 3 hours, because it's a disk that opens with both bands playing together for a few songs, then each plays several songs on its own, and they get back together to play their biggest hits together. It's quite joyous.Diana Krall Live in Rio
is a great jazz concert, with excellent HD video of Krall and some great HD landscape shots. The rest of the band and the audience don't look as good, possibly because they were not well lit. In addition to the main concert, there's also an impromptu acoustic jam session in the extras, sitting among the tourists in a crowded lounge with the only instruments being acoustic guitar and brushes on a pad. If you know and love her Paris concert disk, you'll love this one too - it's the same combo
(with the Frim Fram Sauce and the oss and fay, and shifafa on the side).
It's not a live concert disk, but Hairspray
(the 2007 movie) has to be listed here - the music is first-rate. The guy who wrote the score was able to capture the varying styles of white and black music, and even the music of the parents' generation. This is a feel-good civil rights opera. It's also one of the few disks with a 7.1 soundtrack, but it sounds great on my 5.1 system.Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis play the music of Ray Charles
, from Jazz at Lincoln Center, is a great disk. Norah Jones gets about as much time on camera as Willie Nelson, which is good, because she's far the better singer. Though the band, led by Wynton Marsalis, is great from the start, it takes Willie Nelson a few numbers to get warmed up. It's interesting hearing Ray Charles' music being interpreted by players with a bebop sensibility - but don't worry, they play the hooks straight!
Finally, in 1997, an all-star band consisting of Eric Clapton on guitars, Joe Sample on piano, Steve Gadd on drums, Dave Sanborn on sax, and Marcus Miller on bass (who pulled the group together) played the Montreux Jazz Festival as a blues band called Legends
. That was shot in HD and just issued on Blu-ray. Catch especially the last few tracks, which segue from Ellington to an acoustic version of Layla, with Marcus Miller trading his electric bass for a bass clarinet that's almost as tall as he is for most of it.
How's that for a start?