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CHICO FREEMAN LIVE AT RONNIE SCOTT'S

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Editorial Reviews

Chico Freeman is one of the generation of jazz musicians who have managed to combine the hallowed jazz tradition of technical excellence and dedication with a modern drive, power and ability to engage directly with the emotions of the listener. Here he leads his quartet through nine numbers with a wit and style unsurpassed in modern jazz for a visually and musically stunning performance standing as a beacon for the modern jazz fan.

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Product Details

  • Format: Color, Full Screen, 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
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  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JJSKX6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,937 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I'm not sure what Gloria was reviewing, but it wasn't this product. This is from 1986, and although Anita wasn't in her prime at age 67, she's still DAMNED good and well-worth hearing. Her performance of "I Can't Get Started" is stellar, and not only rivals her mid 1950's version, it's actually much better. This concert has been previously issued on CD as "Live at Ronnie Scotts" and it's nice to finally have it available on DVD.
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I bought this DVD for someone else, he loves it and says it's one the best shows he saw from O'Day.
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This March 4, 1986 concert stands out for a number of reasons. Anita at 67 is as much in control of the stage and musicians as she was 28 years prior at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. And she could still sing and swing!

A big plus for me is this video provided some excellent shots of her long time drummer, John Poole, who is one of my idols and inspirations (and was also with Anita at the 58 Newport Jazz Festival.)

The opening song - Wave - was a good warm-up because when the next song - You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To - got going she hit her stride and maintained it for the rest of the concert. In that song she and Tommy Whittle on tenor saxophone traded fours in an extended call and response lasting more bars than I bothered to count. At one point the other musicians stopped while Anita and Mr. Whittle continued, building tension, which was released in a remarkably timed rejoining by John Poole, Merrill Hover in piano and Lennie Bush on bass. The next song, Green Dolphin Street was clear evidence that the energy was going to stay the entire performance. Even the next song, the ballad I Can't Get Started did not break the pace.

I thoroughly enjoy watching Anita in performance, and especially when those performances are years apart so one can compare and contrast them. I have every DVD of her that is available, including her short appearance on Jazz on a Summer's Day, and none of her energy or talent had left her when this performance was [thankfully] captured on film. This, like every other video I have of her, is a treasure and contains a performance to be savored again and again.
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Good recording. Anita still had a good quality to her voice. Good back up from trio.
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I had written a review of her previously, in which I criticized her seemingly haughty attitude, but I had never seen her in person, nor had I seen her on a DVD.
I had only heard her on records or CDs, and had formed my opinion based on how she sounded, and anecdotes I had heard or read about her.
I must say after watching this DVD that she had an amazing, unique talent: I don't think I've ever seen any other singer seemingly imitate a musical instrument in precisely the same way - and she seemed to do it quite naturally, and it didn't seem to be ridiculous, as it could easily have been.
I guess it goes without saying that one has surely missed out on something great, not to have seen her in person - because she definitely does seem to have had a very unique talent, and was certainly a cut above the ordinary.
Even a very good singer doesn't just move seamlessly through the music, using her voice as if it were an instrument (which it really is, of course) but not an instrument in the sense that we ordinarily think of it.
And so maybe what it boils down to is that she really was a "diva," in the purest sense of the word, and, as such, had a little problem relating to mere mortals.
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