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  • Actors: Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Joe Henderson, Lou Donaldson
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Blue Note Records
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00018D37I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,678 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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One of the best jazz compilation on DVD I ever bought.
Per Caco
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.
Miles from Home
This is just a sample of what the show was and how great the music of jazz is.
Rosalyn Byrd

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By C. Rotolo on June 12, 2004
Format: DVD
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 By Miles from Home on October 30, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 By William E Donoghue on February 18, 2004
Format: DVD
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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