An Evening With [Blu-ray]
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Constant Interruptions to the flow of the concert... ie, you cannot just watch the concert without being constantly given a narrative either just before the piece gets going, or even INTO the piece, and when the pieces played blend into each other, hearing these LOUD narrative voices of the producer (or yes, even the performers), well, it just takes so much out of the experience. At first it was "huh, ok, novel little narrative splashes"... Did they think I would want to hear them EVERY time I want to listen to my favorite musician? I won't play the thing much because of the sense of being jarred out of the concert-feeling and into a "Lecture about Music Performance and Production". They should have put that stuff on a "Director's Cut" track.
ALSO, the navigation is flawed... you can't play "Memphis Stomp", even though it's a song-list button, without listening to "America" first. AND, Memphis Stomp winds up AS the credits, in a PIP window. AND, the forward/reverse buttons on your DVD player will NOT function... ie, you can't fast forward or rewind; you're at the mercy of the song-list buttons for any concert-play. (I suppose Mr. Rosen should stick to CD's and leave the DVD world to video producers).
So as I said, if you love Dave Grusin, it's worth it just to see and hear him in his element. Masterly, subdued, calm, and incredibly musical. The rest is GOOD, the tunes, the singers, the orchestral arrangements, and yes, even the polish that Larry Rosen and Phil Ramone bring to the production.Read more ›
And besides the buttons not working, no chapter stops, there is no minutes counter either. The display reads "play" throughout.
I'm a fan of Dave (and he and Larry's old CD label), but I won't be buying another of these productions like this. Leave the interviews in the extras section and let the concert be a concert. (Also it has DTS-HD Master as an audio format, not mentioned anywhere on the labeling.)
They team up again on An Evening With Dave Grusin. The DVD includes some of Dave's Classic Movie Themes like On Golden Pond, It Might Be You with a vocal performence by Patti Austin and Moon River song by Monica Macini the daughter of the late Henry Mancini. Backed by the 75 piece Henry Mancini insitute Orchestra They sound great. Dave Grusin's Piano Skills are still in Top Form. On the downside there are to many Voice overs during the songs,and I would had liked to hear Dave perform more of his classic songs like St.Elsewere from the Medical Show of the 80's and Mountain Dance from the Meg Ryan Film Falling In Love.
Don't get me wrong: as always, the music of Dave Grusin is wonderful.
Not only this recording last an hour which is already really short but the film is interrupted many times by phrases (Not even real interview) of the players in the middle of the songs.
It looks like a very bad documentary on the concert.
Choose the CD. You won't have the image but the music stay unspoiled.
It frustrated me no end. I cannot understand why Dave Grusin would not simply play his more well-known pieces (Mountain Dance, Rag Bag, themes from Tootsie, Heaven Can Wait, etc.). I would have been thrilled to watch him play those classics. I've been waiting for years to find a DVD with Dave playing all his best known hits. Instead, I was made to watch performances by guest artists who came to stage multiple times while Dave was relegated in the background. And Dave played pieces composed by others as if he doesn't have enough originals of his own. I am tired of watching him play those pieces made by Leonard Bernstein for West Side Story.
Dave Grusin is not getting any younger (and so am I). When is he gonna come out with a DVD/Blu-Ray of his best hits?
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For those of us that have followed Dave for the past 45 years know that he's gonna deliver the goods every time and of course he does here yet once again! Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by DANIEL W. LOMENZO
"An Evening with Dave Grusin" is not so much a live concert or even a musical event as it is a celebration. Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by John J. Puccio
Sit back and enjoy a great concert. The only minor drawback is the insertion of commentary during the music. Great music performed by very capable musicians. Turn up the volume.Published on June 21, 2013 by jackleg