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BILLY HARPER in Concert: Live From Poland


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Product Details

  • Actors: Billy Harper, Piotr Wojtasik, Francesca Tanksley, Newman Taylor Baker, Clarence Seay
  • Directors: Rafal Sory
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arkadia DVD
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000R7G6I6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,193 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Saxophonist Billy Harper's uniquely soulful approach to Jazz is on display in this full-length concert DVD live from Poland, which features a special evening of Harper's original compositions, as well as the acoustic splendor and Gothic brilliance of the Metropolitan Basilica Cathedral of St. Jacob in Szczecin, Poland.

Harper showcases, with his symphonic flair, everything from the liberating artistic sensibility of Jazz to the mystical reach of Gospel Music, and in doing so aptly displays his profound & spiritual musical approach though his passionate melodies and dynamic soloing. Billy Harper performs with his core ensemble (Harper, Francesca Tanksley on piano, Clarence Seay on bass, Newman Taylor Baker on drums, & trumpeter Piotr Wojitasik) along with the 60-piece Szczecin Technical University Choir (conducted by Szymon Wyrzykowski), and three of the foremost musicians from Poland's burgeoning Jazz community- Maciej Sikala (tenor saxophone, Grzegorz Nagorski (trombone) and Borys Janczarski (alto saxophone).

Considered one of the premiere saxophonists of the post-Coltrane era, Harper possesses an expansive, genre deconstructing style that fluctuates effortlessly around everything Jazz, from the Kansas City sound to Hard Bop, Fusion to Free, and further embraces influences from Blues, Gospel, and Rock music. While constantly evolving from the influential sound of previous Jazz generations, Billy Harper has been careful to carve out his own sound rather then retrace that of music's past, and in the process has consciously and continuously pushed the bounds and momentum of Music forward. This DVD, Billy Harper in Concert: Live from Poland, is the premiere showcase of Harpers dynamic saxophone sound and his ability to constantly reconceive the Jazz blueprint.

Musical Selections Include:
1. Light Within
2. Speak to Me of Love, Speak to Me of Truth
3. Thy Will Be Done
4. Quest
5. The Awakening
6. Cry of Hunger

DVD BONUS FEATURES:
Bonus Video Concert Performance
Billy Harper Biography
Photo Gallery
Digitally Mastered Audio & Video
Dolby Stereo Audio
Instant Access Songs & Solos
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Review

Harper's fivesome plays hardy, heady, expansive jazz rich in cascading dynamism and fervent soloing. --Hot House Magazine

An encounter with any of Harper's recordings will leave his distinctive sound imprinted on your brain. --Terrence James, Previews

His unique sound on the tenor and distinctive style as a composer has brought him international acclaim and truly sets him apart from most other players. --Russ Musto, AllAboutJazz.com

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Soul of Jazz on November 13, 2007
Format: DVD
The "Black Saint", Billy Harper, is an amazing presence in concert! The DVD captures the essence of his musical soul at his best concert venue--the church. Try to catch him and the quintet if you can as he is so much more revered in Europe and the Far East than here in the US. Billy Harper is indeed an unsung hero and black saint of the post-Coltrane era.
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