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Steps Ahead: Copenhagen Live


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  • Actors: Mike Mainieri, Michael Brecker, Eddie Gomez, Peter Erskine, Eliane Elias
  • Directors: Kjeld Gronberg
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alliance
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TJBNNA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,431 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Martin on July 6, 2009
Format: DVD
This live performance of Steps Ahead was filmed back in April 1983 in Copenhagen's Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum. We can be very grateful that this was re-released on DVD as this recording is not only the most significant body of work featuring Michael Brecker in the early 80's, but also the only one featuring him with this lineup of Steps Ahead. What a great performance of all these musicians.

The debut Steps Ahead album released the same year is covered in its entirety in this performance. The only track not covered is 'Trio (An improvisation)'. This DVD has the additional track, the beautiful, 'Sarah's Touch', (which I think I remember Brecker played with Yellowjackets at Montreux).

The players featured are a young Eddie Gomez, Peter Erskine, Mike Mainieri, Brecker with an almost full mop of hair and an even younger, Eliane Elias on piano.(She was eighteen at the time!) This is a strictly acoustic affair and it's a joy to see the visual interaction between the players. Watching Mike Mainieri on vibes is especially amazing as there is so much action. Clearly seeing a musician helps your listening and the intimate, close footage of each of these artists as they take solos is very good and never frustrating. At times I'd have liked to have seen more of Brecker's hand rather than his face, but I am not complaining as I am more than relieved there are almost no arty fades or 80's video effects. One warning: the initial two minutes of the DVD has the performance audio playing while the footage shows the band arriving at the museum and walking past museum pieces. This is the only time we have this - the rest of the 56 minutes is focused on them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Long on August 29, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Imagine my surprise when I received a video which Amazon advertised as NTSC, and it failed to play on either of my two DVD players. After an email exchange with the vendor, I was informed that to the manufacturer's best knowledge, this has never been released in NTSC format.

And imagine my further surprise when, having brought this issue to Amazon's attention, they did nothing at all to correct the inaccurate catalog listing. I am not an expert on this release, but if there is an NTSC version, the vendor I bought from had no knowledge of it. And yet, Amazon apparently is unwilling to correct the catalog entry for this item to list it as PAL. Or to be fair, create separate catalog entries for both PAL and NTSC format (if it exists), and let vendors list their products under the correct catalog entry. This would at least allow Amazon customers to make an informed choice, instead of being scammed with a bait-and-switch.

Before purchasing this DVD, be sure you either have or are willing to commit to purchasing a PAL-compatible DVD player.
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