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Legends: Live at Montreux 1997 [Blu-ray] (2008)

Steve Gadd , Joe Sample  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Gadd, Joe Sample, Eric Clapton, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DZN602
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,091 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Legends is one of the most musically accomplished super groups of all time. With Eric Clapton on guitar, Joe Sample of The Crusaders on keyboards, virtuoso saxophone player David Sanborn and super session players Steve Gadd on drums and Marcus Miller on bass, both of whom have done time in Clapton's band, the group's pedigree is extraordinary. Marcus Miller put the Legends band together for a European tour in 1997. They never made an album and this concert at Montreux is the only record of their stunning collaboration. The music is an intoxicating blend of jazz, blues and rock, which gives each of the players a chance to shine but also emphasizes the wonderful chemistry they create as a group.

TRACK LISTING 1) Full House 2) Groovin' 3) Ruthie 4) Snakes 5) Going Down Slow 6) The Peeper 7) In Case You Hadn't Noticed 8) Third Degree 9) First Song / Tango Blues 10) Put It Where You Want It 11) Shreveport Stomp 12) In A Sentimental Mood / Layla 13) Every Day I Have The Blues


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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living Legends November 11, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
They say you become a legend after you die, but these guys are truly living legends. Amazing musicianship from the top in their fields. Clapton is at his best on this video, and although not a jazz musician, he brings the best of his blues-rock chops to this eclectic, fusion mix.

The viewer is treated to electric and acoustic sets, being the electric ones my favorites. The song that is worth the price of the whole DVD alone, in my humble opinion is 'Put it where you want it'. Amazing, energetic solos by Sanborn, Clapton and Sample.

About the DVD itself. Audio transfer is flawless, with DTS and Dobly tracks, you get a crisp, kind of live quality to the show.

The video is letterbox format, great for concerts, but colors seem to be a little washed off, my bootleg copy from japanese Tv seems to have more quality to it. No extras on this dvd :( and only a very straightforward menu animation.

For it's price, this is one of the best concerts out there, especially if you are a Clapton fan, but Sanborn and Miller also deliver the goods like no other. Recommended
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All Star Band September 18, 2005
Format:DVD
When you look at the lineup for this band, how can you not buy this DVD! Great setting, the camera work is excellent, the audio is very good (except for two songs, see below).

The set list is a nice mix of jazz and blues, containing both outright jams as well as a few more mellow tunes. Realize these guys are not fantastic showmen, but they are incredible musicians so buy it for that reason. I've always been a Sanborn and Joe Sample fan and neither disappoint, delivering soulful performances. Steve Gadd is his ususal flawless self and Marcus Miller on bass is superb. Although Clapton is very good, his sound and some of his solos don't seem to fit with some of the songs. A little too much of a rock sound. At times I wish he had opted for the Gibson guitar (like he did on One more car, One more rider) to get that smoother, cleaner jazz sound on some of the tunes. All in all though, the musicianship is outstanding as you would expect from these guys.

As I said the sound quality is very good. It would be excellent had they not botched up what could be the best song on the disc. It's one of two times Clapton uses an acoustic and you can barely hear anything he plays...very disappointing. However, Joe Sample has an excellent solo here. Also, on the closing song (which is great) the mike is messed up and his voice fades in and out.

The video quality (along with the couple of audio issues above) is the main reason I don't give this 5 stars. If you are not watching this on a large screen HDTV, then don't bother reading any further as the issues are a moot point for you. The camera work is excellent in terms of capturing the concert and it looks great on a 32 inch CRT. The downer is it was shot in 4:3 and doesn't view near as well on a 52 inch HDTV.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting mixture of skilled musicians playing with zest September 27, 2005
Format:DVD
As I attended one the few concerts in July 1997 by “Legends”, in Copenhagen, and liked it, I have now and then looked for a CD issue. Now, after 8 years, it is here as a DVD! It is an exciting mixture of skilled musicians, all of them seem inspired. They give each other space, essential in improvisational jazz music, which this to a certain extent is. Joe Sample and David Sanborn really show their skill as jazz musicians, and so of course Steve Gadd. When I had watched this DVD, I took out some old Crusaders stuff and realised that Joe was a real first class player even back then, even if I didn’t realise that at that time. Marcus Miller plays vividly in a funky style, inspired by Jaco Pastorius but no copy of him, he is a brilliant musician. His bass clarinet on “In a sentimental mood/Layla “ brings a fresh touch. Eric Clapton, not being a jazz musician, is here a musical deviant, a very skilled such, and valiant. First I thought, it’s a pity that Clapton uses Stratocaster only (except some acoustic) and not bringing his Gibson “Jazz Box”, L5 I think. Then I realised that it is physically impossible to play as Clapton does here on Stratocaster, on a “Jazz Box”. That would force Clapton to a playing style which would limit his extraordinary skills as an improvisational guitarist, a skill he has in rock and blues, and not in jazz. If he tries to be at he same improvisational jazz level as his colleagues, using a Jazz Box, he would fail. (For those who don’t know, I can tell that the set of chords and chord progression used in jazz differs from those used in rock and blues music). I felt that stronger a couple of years later, when I read a Clapton interview for Guitar Player magazine. Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but awkward July 23, 2006
Format:DVD
I love David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Marcus Miller and Steve Gadd. I have heard several Eric Clapton songs and saw him play with B.B. King before, so I thought I couldn't go wrong with this DVD. Overall, the show presented here is entertaining, but I feel like this band was put together more for publicity's sake than for taking the music to the next level which, for my money, is what I want to see.

There were several great moments throughout the show. David Sanborn's solo work was as great as ever. He played lots of nice licks to be transcribed and emulated by sax players like me. He gets a nice, edgy, unique tone with that metal Dukoff mouthpiece. I loved Marcus Miller's bass solos and found it particularly cool that he came out with the bass clarinet for "In a Sentimental Mood" and at the beginning of "Leyla." I am a big fan of the electric bass, so I enjoyed his "thumping." I liked Joe Sample's ragtime feature (although I didn't feel that it really fit in with the entire scheme of things), and he displayed superb technique in his solos. Steve Gadd was at the top of his game.

But as a whole, the band is a little awkward. There are times that I feel like Eric Clapton doesn't quite fit in with the band, and he seems to know it, by the look in his face. The band attempts to be a "band of all trades" by incorporating jazz, blues and rock all in one. It seems like they just put together some simple arrangements of tunes that a few band members wrote, stayed away from the more challenging material, and basically had a glorified jam session. I just don't think it's possible to get a good sound that way, unless you have a group of musicians who are all on the same "sheet of music," e.g. they are not from completely separate ends of the musical spectrum.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely "True" Music "Legends"
This show is aptly named! These guys are the real deal! You may not know them by name but I bet you've heard them play before? Read more
Published 9 days ago by LuieT
1.0 out of 5 stars It's ok, but not worth the money, I'm ...
It's ok, but not worth the money, I'm not that big of a fan of sax blowing out my eardrums every 2 seconds.
Published 4 months ago by kurt Merriman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
Good quality sound and picture a nice mix of music and very talented musicians nothing compared to other Clapton Videos like crossroads concerts
Published 6 months ago by gary rose
3.0 out of 5 stars Good musicians
The musicians seem to play well together because each is a legend with his instrument and they don't overstep their parts with overplaying or stealing the show.
Published 9 months ago by ivar carl sarapu
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Awesome! A must have!
Totally Awesome! These guys are at the top of their form! A must have! Eric and the boys are perfect together....
Published 12 months ago by bubba1
1.0 out of 5 stars Disc Freezes
This disk freezes about 3/4 of the way. While watching and enjoying the music, the disk just stopped in my player. This is a physical fisk problem.
Published 12 months ago by ARTHUR SCHOLAR
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great set of Performances
Wow, I am missing something by not going to Montreaux and/or not getting more of these music series. Was excellent.
Published 15 months ago by Stephen Glenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
A great collectible for Gadd and Marcus fans. Great audio and video. Although not blue ray playing it on my blue ray brought out better sound and visual...
Published 15 months ago by Estrop Roysten
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD.
Bought this for my husband who loves blues. It popped up under the "blues" genre. However it is mostly jazz and it turns out I love it more than he does. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lyn
3.0 out of 5 stars A little slow
It was a little slow. Great players, but not much chemistry. I was glad that Clpaton wasn't the focal point, however.
Published 15 months ago by Charlie Bretl
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