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One Night With Blue Note: The Historic All-Star Reunion Concert (1985)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, 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: Blue Note Records
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DZ3HM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,079 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When Bruce Lundvall and Michael Cuscuna revived the Blue Note label in 1985, a reunion concert was held at New York’s Town Hall. The concert brought together some of the most well-known names in jazz, as well as a handful of artists newly signed to the label, on one stage. For well over three hours on the night of February 22, 1985, one jazz legend after another took the stage playing classic tunes from the Blue Note catalog. Many regard this event as the greatest single jazz evening ever!

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-own dvd for any collection of jazz films June 12, 2004
An essential dvd re-release of the original multi-volume vhs document of the historic Town Hall (NYC) concert of February 1985 that celebrated the rebirth of the Blue Note label.
Much comment has been written regarding the re-editing of the film footage and the modified selection of performances. As one would expect, the picture quality, color balance and sound are superior to the vhs versions. The producers attempted to enlarge the 'space' of the performances with wider-angle footage (the vhs film is mostly tight-focus on individuals on-stage). It is puzzling, however, that they chose not to employ the wide-screen 'letterbox' format (especially in light of the fact that the 1997 documentary film, "Blue Note: A Story Of Modern Jazz", uses the wide-screen format and has wide-screen film clips from this concert). Nonetheless, the dvd is a great visual show.
As a hard-bop enthusiast, I am pleased for the most part with the revised selection of performances. Inclusion of Joe Henderson's "Recorda-me", Jackie MacLean's "Appointment In Ghana", and Stanley Turrentine's "Scratch My Back" are welcome additions. Of the two Stanley Jordan performances on the vhs tapes, the dvd includes the more entertaining "Jumpin'Jack". Likewise, of the three Charles Lloyd numbers from the vhs, the dvd retains the best of the three, "Tone Poem". On the negative side, McCoy Tyner's performance of "Passion Dance" was excluded. Regardless, the three major highlights of the concert, Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island", Art Blakey's "Moanin'", and Cecil Taylor's solo "Pontos Cantados", are here in all their splendor and are worth the price of admission alone.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best jazz film ever made October 30, 2006
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As has been noted by nearly every reviewer of the recently reissued DVD version of "One Night With Blue Note", the changes to the original film (made in 1985 and released on VHS and laserdisc) are controversial and questionable. No one can say the enhanced image and sound quality aren't improvements, and the additional music is certainly welcome, but this was a movie made by a filmmaker with a very clear intent - to show the intimate interplay between jazz musicians. This was accomplished through extended close-ups and very observant musical intercutting. Director John Jopson and Cinematographer Ernest Dickerson did a masterful job in capturing the personalities of the musicians and it seems a shame to randomly throw in audience shots from some other event - and in video format at that. (I wonder what those people think watching this DVD, seeing themselves enjoying a show they never attended.)

To film more than forty of the greatest jazz musicians in the world for over 3 hours is a daunting task. This movie was shot on film, not video, so there had to be film magazine changes every ten minutes on each of the multiple cameras. To do this without missing important moments is incredibly difficult and requires planning, a good ear, and spontaneity. On the original version there was a great interplay during one set where we see Freddie Hubbard's amazed reaction to Herbie Hancock's piano solo. This shot really said something - how these musicians can blow each other away. Throughout the film the Director doesn't hesitate to cut away to what the other musicians are doing, even during a solo. To be fair much of this artful editing is still intact, but it's a disservice to the filmmaker and the viewer to go back in and change the intent.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This could have been so much better, but buy it anyway February 18, 2004
One Night With Blue Note: The Historic All-Star Reunion Concert.
This was such an historic concert and one of the few opportunities to see the classic Blue Note musicians playing together on video. It's a shame that it was clumsily reedited and we are denied fine performance that should have been included in a second volume.
I collect jazz, blues and roots music videos and this has always been one of my very favorite jazz videos. It was amazingly well performed, edited into videos for the time with a fade to a blue image of Stanley Turrentine playing on the stairs, included a riveting three-song mini-concert with Charles Lloyd and his classic quartet with the late Michel Petrucianni sitting in Keith Jarrett's piano chair, and many highly memorable moments.
Steven Reed, the producer of this release and Michael Cuscuna of Blue Note has chosen to edit out some of the finest moments of the concert (including two of the three Charles Lloyd songs), change the expertly-edited sequences in a vain effort to show the audience (usually behind a intrusive camera man, an awkward and distracting choice) and substitute some new footage. The new footage (Record-Me, Appointment in Ghana, The Jumpin' Blues and Scratch My Back) is welcome but the missing footage, When You Wish Upon A Star by Stanley Jordan, Broadside by Bennie Wallace, Passion Dance with McCoy Tyner and Jackie McLean and the full Charles Lloyd concert (featuring his comeback band) including The Blessing and Lady Day is missed. All are available on the laser disk and VHS versions.
I guess that we should be thankful that he included a full two hours of music but would a second disc with an additional hour be asking too much? Then, of course, there are the additional audio recordings on the three-disk set issued on Blue Note.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by ANDRE L Q MARTINS
4.0 out of 5 stars Ever Study The Album Covers of Blue Note Records?
They are deep, dark, brooding and smokey. Great artists no doubt about it. Great music inside in most cases but there is this unmistakable feel of the grit and grime of city life. Read more
Published 8 months ago by David T. Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars one night at blue note
In short. if you came up in the blue note days, and missed some of the artist that made contributions' to the label, this is a great way to catch on what you... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Roderick H. Lacy
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive jazz concert-film
This DVD is of the celebrity gala concert on 22nd February 1985 at NYC Town Hall in honour of Blue-Note records, and is probably the best jazz-concert film ever made. Read more
Published 21 months ago by The Guardian
4.0 out of 5 stars How can an historical-star reunion not be awesome?
Wow, one's exposure may have been relatively brief compared to fifty year of the label, but the opportunity to relive those senior jazzmen in concert makes for an exceptional time.
Published 23 months ago by NM_Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the FINEST works of Jazz Art
My product came in good condition, and while I have seen some of these Blue Note Records performances online, nothing compares to the full-length edition that includes every minute... Read more
Published on August 28, 2012 by WindowsProfessional
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything OK
Almost as new, I think. No reproduction problems at all, perfect box, DVD disc with no scratches. What else can you ask for?
Published on May 16, 2012 by Sr.Audio
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz lover must buy
This is simply jazz history. Admittedly biased for the Blue Note label I still feel that every jazz lover needs this in the DVD rack.
Published on April 19, 2012 by Coyotlus
4.0 out of 5 stars I was at Town Hall!!!
This was the best concert I ever saw.

I had the 4 record box set (vinyl)which is no longer available. I've been looking to replace my 4 record box set since 1990. Read more
Published on August 2, 2011 by Rosalyn Byrd
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound and songs
This is truly a historic reunion of some really awesome musician and a legendary label. I'm looking for the words to say--"Do yourself a favor and purchase this DVD". Read more
Published on December 20, 2010 by M. Bell
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