Diana Krall: Live in Rio
Diana Krall has had a long time fascination with bossa nova, a type of music which perfectly suits her sophisticated yet sensual style. This culminated in her new studio album "Quiet Nights" (released by Verve in spring 2009) and in this stunning concert filmed in the home of the bossa nova, Rio de Janeiro, in November 2008. Accompanied by her band and an orchestra, Diana Krall delivers a superb set of standards in true bossa nova style but clearly bearing her unique stamp. This DVD captures Diana Krall at her scintillating best.
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Obviously the images that show the audience are very poor what makes us think that special equipment for Blu-Ray was used only for Ms.Krall on stage. What kind of economy was aimed at? This causes a big discomfort to watchers. Maybe this bad effect does not show in DVD format.
Images taken from Rio de Janeiro were also top quality. Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful city and the disc should offer an extra image bonuses considering the Blu-Ray product. I am Carlos from Rio and I mean what I say. The few takes of the City of Rio de Janeiro and the poor image variety give us the impression that the gasoline budget was tight.
The rest is Ms. Krall as usual: a mid-Jazz pianist as a promise, who decided to be a mainstream singer of standards which have been covered extensively and well by so many great artists.
Although the show was live in Rio, the Bossa Nova home town, Ms. Krall's and her trio's best peformance was their 4x4 rendition of Irving Berlin's 'Cheek to Cheek'. The repertoire follows the track of her recent sleepy Bossa Nova album. Most of the time the show is sleepy too.
Oh I can't forget to tell you that Ms. Krall is a beautiful woman. This should be remarked, considering the product is a Blu-Ray disc.
I agree with another reviewer that they unnecessarily butchered the segments from the Mk1 performance in "Playboy After Dark" show of "Hush" and the instrumental. I already own the PAD set and thought it was cool enough but why edit it as they did here? They should have just included all of it in one contiguous segment. Ya wonder if Rod got kicked out of the band just for wearing those silly yellow pants, though.
The other Mk1 footage is a B&W lip synch of "Help" and a B&W low-fi/video studio run through of "Wring That Neck" which is an instrumental without Rod.
I found the Mk2 footage from disk 2 of "Wring That Neck" from the Bilzen Jazz Festival to be quite an interesting extended jam. Some may not appreciate this but anyone with a jazz or improvisational interest should like it. It was within the first few months of Mk2's existence.
Other highlights include the Mk2 footage of the Demon's Eye/No No No/Into The Fire/Never Before to be among the tightest video footage of live DP I've ever seen. Great non-hit performances showing with no surprise to DP fans, just how great a drummer Ian Paice is.
I don't get why the particular Mk2 performance of "Smoke On The Water" was the one they included on Disc 1. It starts out with Ritchie playing out of key, and then he looks bored and uninterested all the way through. Surely there was a better one in the vault.
Speaking of Ritchie, I noticed him smile at least 3 times during the whole disc set. Also, the interview with him in one of the documentary segments does shed some light about his personality and helps you cut him some slack, despite what we've all heard about him.
I admit, I'm not much of a fan of Mk3, so not much of my own personal interest in those performances.
I am a big Tommy Bolin fan, but there isn't much here to create sparks about his contributions to DP. The footage of the Japan performance is the same as the bootleg most DP fans already have of the Japan concerts, with him spinning around and not playing much or adding any value. What I did enjoy was the sparse interview footage of him to at least know what his normal speaking voice was like.
Overall, an enjoyable and expansive overview of the first decade of DP, but it would have been better to include some Mk2 reunion footage from the 1980s like "Back Door" or "Bad Attitude" but that's just my armchair opinion.
I played Sinatra and Jobim, Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto and Sergio Mendes, wishing all the time that the bossa nova had not been just a passing musical genre, in the US at least. Then here comes Diana Krall bringing back that magical beat on a couple of her recent albums and THEN, a DVD of a concert in Rio! I just finished watching the whole thing from end to end and I was enthralled, especially with the audience of cariocas singing along in Portuguese to,"The Boy from Ipanema". I thought I heard Astrud somewhere in there at the back table. I almost didn't buy this DVD because of some of the negative reviews here, but my birthday is coming up and I thought, hey, I'll get this for myself and tell those who would buy me another shirt that I'm fixed, thank you. If you are determined to purchase only one Diana Krall,"Live in ..." DVD, by all means get Paris.
But if you love Diana, John, Jeff and Anthony AND the bossa nova and can't imagine it getting better than played before an audience in the city of its birth (and the liner notes didn't even put an apostrophe in "its"), buy this DVD as fast as you can.
I agree that the "real" Deep Purple starts with Mk2 but I am a fan, I like Mk1 too, and there is practically nothing about.
I was hoping to see some more about MK1 from this work but I was disappointed.
recommend for that reason.
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