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Joni Mitchell - Shadows and Light (1979)

Joni Mitchell , Pat Metheny  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Joni Mitchell, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (PCM Stereo)
  • 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: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009AV7L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,877 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Joni Mitchell - Shadows and Light" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Featuring: The Persuasions, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Don Alias, Lyle Mays, and Michael Brecker
  • Songs: In France They Kiss on Main Street, Edith and the King Pin, Coyote, Free Man in Paris, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, Jaco's Solo (The High and the Mighty/Third Stone from the Sun), Dry Cleaner from Des Moines, Amelia, Pat's Solo, Hejira, Black Crow, Furry Sings the Blues, Raised on Robbery, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Shadows and Light
  • Tour photo diary

Editorial Reviews

Joni Mitchell's 1970s and '80s forays into jazzier territory may have distressed her folkie faithful, but they also resulted in some uncompromising, challenging, and, yes, entertaining music. Witness this 73-minute document from her '79 tour, which finds her backed by her greatest band ever, including guitarist Pat Metheny and the extraordinary bassist Jaco Pastorius, as well as Metheny cohort Lyle Mays (keyboards), Michael Brecker (sax), and Don Alias (drums). Mitchell's The Hissing of Summer Lawns-Hejira-Mingus period is heavily favored; there are two tunes from Court and Spark, but nothing earlier. It's not perfect--the film clips edited into the live tracks (at Mitchell's direction) are an annoying distraction (Rebel Without a Cause? Huh?). But by the time Mitchell, Mays, and vocal group the Persuasions finish a spine-tingling version of the title song, you'll have witnessed something special--and historic, as this was the only time this stellar crew toured together. --Sam Graham

Product Description

This DVD features Joni performing live at the Santa Barbara County Bowl in 1979, with backup musicians Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Jaco Pastorius, Michael Brecker, Don Alias and The Percussion. Also includes 45 rare photos, hand-picked by Joni, from the "Sha

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Music sublime, video substandard June 27, 2003
Yes, it's Joni at the peak of her powers, backed by musicians who would become legends, if they weren't already. And if you close your eyes you can lose yourself in it.
Open your eyes, and chances are even you won't see what you expect. Pastorius, Brecker, and Alias play an incredible blues jam, but the video is a bunch of poorly-shot b-roll of the Vegas Strip. "Hejira" is a music video with ice skaters. A stunning performance of "Amelia" is obscured with archival footage of the flyer, which itself obscures the meaning and metaphor of the lyric.
Yes, it's a product of its era, when concert-video producers seemed to think that watching the musicians play would somehow bore the audience, but that doesn't help now. There were moments when I wanted to throw a brick through the TV screen, I was so frustrated by hearing incredible playing that I wasn't allowed to see because somebody thought some old movie clip would be more interesting.
5 stars for the music. 1 star for the video.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but too short! January 2, 2004
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This DVD is wonderful; a real "must have". Metheny, Pastorius, and company are terrific with Joni; however, the DVD (a short single disc) should have at least provided us with some bonus footage or interviews of participants from this legendary tour. There must be some great additional film buried in a vault somewhere. What a shame.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of her Live Recordings, artsy fartsy video July 16, 2003
At a certain point, Mitchell realized that jazz musicians could liberate her music from its past in ways she couldn't do herself or with her usual back up colleagues. This grouping of jazzmen was inspired. Lyle Mays, Jaco Pastorius, Michael Brecker and Pat Metheny set the gold standard for her performances, a standard she's be hard pressed to match thereafter.
This is a terrific listening experience, rewarding from almost every conceivable perspective. The musicians here changed her and she herself responded with challenges to her own abilities. I wish I had caught this tour. Pastorious is possessed, Mays is at his impressionistic best and Metheny is a foil for Mitchell the likes of which she'd never again replicate. Becker brings that East Coast jazz vibe that only he can muster and he is incendiary, smokey, subtle and brilliant.
As other reviews have pointed out, the video is at times too naff for words. Artistic pretensions or literal images absolutely take the whole thing down a notch. But the sound as presented on this DVD is extraordinary, so if the images are that stupid, just listen to it. It is a sublime reward, and perhaps the single strongest vindication of Mitchell's jazz aspirations. Sheer genius.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joni Mitchell and Jazz March 6, 2003
With and allstar cast including, Jaco Pastorious, Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mayes,and Don Alias, and Joni's vocals, this is her music taken to a new and different level.
The precision and tightness with which this ensemble of brilliant jazz musicians integrates with Joni's music and vocals is incredible. One only needs to listen to "The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines" on this DVD to apppreciate the musical skill assembled here as well as the musical evolution of Joni Mitchell.
Buy it, watch it, listen to it, and be totally amazed by the way these incredible musicians wrap themselves around the music and lyrics of the most talented and musically diverse Joni Mitchell. This music is played as tightly and skillfully as anything you will ever hear, and enjoy the Jaco Solo.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music History Captured Live!!! June 27, 2003
Finally!!! This 1979 historically significant concert is released in digital format. Joni Mitchell's "Shadows and Light" concert is significant for three reasons: 1) Combining Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorious, Lyle Mayes and Don Alias (all first rate solo Jazz stars in their own right) pushes Joni's music through the roof of excellence for pop, Jazz and World Music. The chemsitry is exceptional and the song selections fit right into the pocket of these great musicians improvisational skills. 2) This was the last time that Pat Metheny and Jaco played together. Seeing them jam live is a musical treat. 3) Joni is in top form and pushed to new heights on some of her classic tracks. Her music has never sounded better - and seeing it performed this way is candy for both your ears and eyes.
The hightlights of the concert are numerous. My favorite moments include the exceptional battle between Jaco and Brecker on "Dry Cleaner From Des Moines". They push each other to atmospheric heights as the rest of the band hangs on for dear life. "Goodbeye Pork Pie Hat" will break your heart - with Joni's lyrics telling the story of Lester Young's life to a back drop of bass harmonics and musical sensibility that had to make Charlie Mingus smile from heaven. The band flat out rocks on "In France They Kiss on Main Street" and "Black Crow". It is great to see Pat Metheny play in this format. Whether comping behind the beat or soloing - it is easy to see why he is considered one of the best and most flexible guitarist out there. Brecker is right at home with these guys and Alias is exceptional in keeping all the magic glued together. The star of this performance is Joni. Her poetic writing and excellent voice pulls you into each song and let's you fully take in the music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful!
Joni Mitchel and the Pat Metheney group; wonderful!
Published 24 days ago by Eric Masterman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Joni
I saw Joni in Philadelphia back when she was on this tour. I had to get this DVD. Great band. Excellent musicianship and a great song line-up. Good quality video and sound.
Published 1 month ago by Jack D
5.0 out of 5 stars Good all the way through, but there's a gem
the gem is Pay and Lyle's solo. Also truly excellent is "Amelia", named after the female aviator. And how many times do you get to see Jaco Pastorius live? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Larry Gerndt
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, silly video
This is one of the most extraordinary concert recordings ever. Pat Metheny soars in a solo following "Amelia. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chambolle
5.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy the music of Joni, or good progressive jazz, you must own...
Fantastic music, and to see Joni playing with Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays is something to be treasured.
Published 7 months ago by VA Basso
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar performance by Dame Joan & company, but vintage tech still...
Fresh from her recording of "Mingus" with the late Charles Mingus, Dame Joan (Joni) Mitchell was at the top of her game when she recorded this 1979 concert performance,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by alexander750
5.0 out of 5 stars Joni's Best tour
I have always loved this tour--had the CD-- now I have video...
Jaco Pastorius on Bass
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Published 8 months ago by ih8bills
5.0 out of 5 stars Joni Mitchell - Shadows and Light
This album remains a brilliant document of not just Joni but of all her accompanying artists. Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Don Alias, Michael Brecker and of course the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Stew
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the 2000 Panorama edition with original art AND best sound/picture
The original 2000 Panorama release is excellent in terms of sound and video. It has the original cover art as well. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Green Manalishi
5.0 out of 5 stars Joni Mitchell DVD
This encompasses a bit more music video montage format that some might think artsy but it is smart and sophisticated.
Published 10 months ago by Finbarr
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