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Branford Marsalis Quartet: Coltrane's A Love Supreme Live in Amsterdam (2003)

Branford Marsalis Quartet  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Branford Marsalis Quartet
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Marsalis Music
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00065GHQ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,912 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Filmed at Amsterdam's legendary Bimhuis Jazz Club, the DVD features John Colrane's immortal "A Love Supreme brilliant interpreted by Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Eric Revis and Jeff "Tain" Watts. DVD bonus features include exclusive tour footage,

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent performance of Trane's masterpiece December 31, 2004
Branford Marsalis' new recording of Coltrane's masterpiece, A Love Supreme, is superb on many levels. If you're a fan of Trane, and even just luke-warm on Branford, I'm confident you'll find this to be a very worthwhile purchase.

Competent but lesser musicians playing ALS would try to channel Trane and the classic quartet. Not Branford. He is a mature artist with a fully-realized style. He sometimes lovingly quotes Trane, or puts his own spin on a Trane riff, but he is clearly his own man on this recording of A Love Supreme.

Jeff Tain Watts understands the essence of Elvin and Elvin's contribution to ALS. But, like Branford, Tain is his own man here. He's great as a sideman, and plays a great solo at the end of Resolution.

Joey Calderazzo - an outstanding pianist who has done excellent and original work with many of today's top jazz artists - falls into McCoy mode in his first solo, but then plays like himself in his second one. Both are great solos, but I think it shows a real maturity and confidence to be yourself rather than emulate the masters when playing their great works.

The bassist, Eric Revis, is very good, but I'm partial to Robert Hurst's performance on Branford's earlier recording of ALS.

It's worth comparing that earlier performance to the new one. Branford first recorded ALS ten years ago for a CD compilation called "Stolen Moments: Red, Hot & Blue". That version is much shorter - only about 25 minutes, compared to the full-length version on the new DVD/CD combo. On the older version, Branford's quartet went into the studio, didn't rehearse much (they were all fine musicians and all knew ALS), and started the tape rolling. It is a wonderful performance, and well-worth having in your collection.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply put: stellar November 16, 2004
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I'd have trouble articulating this performance so I'll just say: Wow! My girl friend and I just watched the entire thing in utter silence and joy. Neither of us spoke until it was over. Emotionally moving, exciting, intelligent... Maybe THE best jazz DVD I've ever witnessed. The camera angles are great and go with the composition - instead of being a distraction - as on some other videos... Highly, highly recommended.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A DVD Supreme! November 18, 2004
I too just finished watching the entire dvd in one sitting. Remarkable. I kept thinking througout the performance, how blessed we are in this age to be able to see musicians of this caliber, performing a piece of this magnitude, in a venue of this quality, captured with such visual clarity and sonic envelopment--from the music to the musicians to the technology it is all top-notch----at last, there is no weak link! Really, this has never before been possible in the history of man, and it is nothing to take lightly. (I couldn't think of a way to improve upon the experience other than to have some people smoke cigarettes near you and spill some alcohol on your rug.)

I have seen old clips of John Coltrane's quartet from the 50's Ralph Gleason show "Jazz Casual" but it is black & white, with low sound and picture quality. It is a document, nothing more.

I have seen clips of Miles Davis's Quartet performing "So What" off of Kind Of Blue, but again, it is archival quality, found on documentaries, and usually some narrator talks over the piece----and it isn't complete in any case.

Tonight I popped in a shiny new disc of the [b]Branford Marsalis Quartet[/b] performing John Coltrane's [i]"A Love Supreme", [/i] and it looked and sounded like I was in the club!

At the beginning of track two, Pursuance, I turned it up for the bass-solo introduction.... it built and built in intensity, and when the rest of the band came roaring in, the room filled with crystal clear sound, and I knew I was experiencing a rare moment in jazz history----heck, in music history. That moment alone was worth the price of the dvd for me, especially when you consider tickets to a jazz club at $30 each and a drink minimum, you're looking at $75 easy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I was really unsure about if the idea behind this DVD would work. How could you take a masterpiece like A Love Supreme and interpret it? Or should this even be done? An incredibly presumptious undertaking,was my thinking. There aren't even many versions of Naima I care to hear, outside of those performed by Coltrane himself or McCoy Tyner.

However, this is a beautiful performance and it does work. The cohesiveness and energy of the group is undeniable. The music simply oozes respect and homage for Coltrane and his timeless work.

If you appreciate modal jazz, you cannot dislike this performance.

If you think jazz is a spiritual art form, you will not be disappointed.

Branford playing is fairly well documented, but a special treat is the fantastic playing of Joey Calderazzo. And the incredible playing of Tain Watts who is always right there and pushing ahead.

This is one that will get several repeated listenings. Enjoy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tranes Spirit January 8, 2005
Had I not seen the Film and only the audio of the concert, I would've sworn it was Trane. This quite possibly the best Jazz DVD I have ever heard/seen. Performing A Love Supreme is no easy task. It's not like simply playing a standard, this is a very important piece of music and reqiures a different approach. Naturally I had my reservation about this DVD. Eventhough Branford and his quartet are exellent and very capable, A Love Supreme is just something else of its own. I decided to get this DVD despite my reservations, mainly b/c I wanted to see how they played it. I was not at all dissapointed. This disc is amazing. From the first note to the last, the energy is at a high, and just when you think they can't possibly raise the bar, they do. They don't exceed Coltranes famous quartet and they don't set out to do so.(and how could they) What these guys have done with John Coltranes' most famous recording is make it there own. Instead of trying to play it like Tranes quartet they played it like themselves. Ironically while trying to play it unlike Trane, they ended up channeling his energy and spirit. Overall a must buy for any fan of Jazz, or art in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars coltrane is not dead!
is this better then the real Coltrane?
Close your eyes and experience that Coltrane is back and how!
Published on October 20, 2009 by Dirk Jorissen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fully worthy of Coltrane and ALS
Wow. This thing is a wonder. Great performance by four very fine musicians; pristine audio; and a warm and immediate video that--and I'm sorry for this--makes you feel like you're... Read more
Published on April 22, 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
To the dudes who gave this 1 star - what were you thinking?!?!?!

This is Branford at the height of his powers with a superb group. Read more
Published on May 16, 2008 by F. Hulks
4.0 out of 5 stars What a fitting reprise
What a fitting reprise of JC' monumental work! No doubt Brandford Marsalis and his quintent feel the love supreme. Read more
Published on May 8, 2008 by Simfumene Susani
4.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is.......
......meaning Branford Marsalis & not John Coltrane playing Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" so people who want or expect to hear a Coltrane-esque performance are apt to be... Read more
Published on November 22, 2007 by David J. Ohanlon
5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad? So good, there's no description!!! A Love Supreme...
Sorry I haven't been a lifelong, dyed-in-the-wool jazz afficionado. I came to jazz through the fortunate experiences one gets at live jazz dives when one is lucky. Read more
Published on October 21, 2007 by David McLane
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb and extremely intense!
Wow, buying this DVD I really had no idea what was in store. I actually bought it after the fact I saw Branford and his quartet perform in Ithaca, at the State Theatre. Read more
Published on June 25, 2006 by B. Fleury
3.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD - but...
I bought this DVD after seeing Branford and the quartet playing it live. The sound was dreadful - the drums drowned out everything, so I bought this DVD hoping to actually hear... Read more
Published on May 1, 2006 by Utviklingssang
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars are not enough!!!
This is my favorite of any jazz DVD I have in my possession. Branford and gang set off some artistic dynamite in this show!!! Read more
Published on December 15, 2005 by R. Terlaje
5.0 out of 5 stars Supreme
"Trane" is unique. We all agrree in that point. To me, John Coltrane is one of my favorite jazz musicians. His music is full of energy, full of creation, full of magic. Read more
Published on October 29, 2005 by Antonio Palacios
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