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Faruq Z. Bey with the Northwoods Improvisers: Journey Into The Valley

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(DVD + CD set) A film by Timothy O'Brien and Andrew Bare. DVD includes: 1 hour live music performance, 3 bonus songs, 3 interviews, 3 poetry pieces and a slide show (plus more). Contains bonus CD of 6 tracks taken from the DVD (same sound mixes). NTSC all region.

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Once a member of Detroit legends Griot Galaxy, Bey's take on jazz is informed by the spectral divinations of Sun Ra, and pieces like Moors and sherrif Sam (Sound By Law) remind you of prime era Arkestra, floating between beautifully extended melody heads and stretches of languid free blowing, all underpinned by a steady, rolling rhythm section. --Jon Dale, Signal To Noise Fall 2008

If this were merely an audio CD, it would garner excellent reviews. But this set with DVD and CD and all of the extra features becomes something well worth checking out. The Northwoods Improvisers and Entropy Stereo are to be credited for doing this right. --Robert Iannapollo, Cadence Oct/Nov/Dec 2008


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  • Actors: Faruq Z. Bey with the Northwoods Improvisers
  • Directors: Timothy O'Brien and Andrew Bare
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Entropy Stereo Recordings
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001A4KFAA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,232 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Truth be known, I find that revisiting a music-related DVD is something I don't often do. Generally one viewing is enough for me. I'm able to recall what I need when listening to the audio thereafter. With Journey Into The Valley, however, I've found that returns to the DVD not only has been instructive, but downright entertaining!

Yes, the music is the primary draw for me. But I can't discount the absolutely excellent filming/recording/mixing/mastering work done by Tim O'Brien. The many camera angles, the artful timings of the changes in perspective, and the respect offered to the entire stage all works to the viewer's advantage. And then we have some extra footage from the same date, some great interviews, and some of Faruq's intense poetry. All of this to say--watching the DVD time and time again brings many rewards.

So don't let the small independent label concern you. Journey Into The Valley is a fantastic release presenting Faruq Z. Bey backed by the equally accomplished Northwoods Improvisers. With the DVD you also get a CD packed with some of the better tracks off the DVD--a very nice way to "carry the music" with you in the car!

Highly recommended.
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By M. Johnston on February 16, 2010
Format: DVD
This dvd plays in all regions and is not ltd. to U.S. and Canadian formats.
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