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An Evening With [Blu-ray]

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Editorial Reviews

American composer and pianist Dave Grusin conducts the 75-piece Henry Mancini Orchestra in this live performance in Florida from 2009. The programme includes Grusin's own compositions as well as works by the composers Gershwin, Bernstein and Mancini.

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), English (PCM Stereo)
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Telarc
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004QC6HJQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,881 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Me, I love Dave Grusin... Of the Five People You Meet in Heaven, he's one of them for me. So Dave does no wrong by me. The entire concert? Just fine. But the one thing that irked me terribly was the production of the thing:

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.
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I entirely agree with the previous review. I almost returned it due to interview clips being overlayed onto the actual concert in progress. The first one pops up during the young bass player's solo, as if the bass solo isn't important and Gary Burton's comments about Dave are. Later the percussion player is overlaid in an interview segment talking about how great it's been to play with Dave over the years and they have him talking over his featured solo in the concert.
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.)
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When the very "creative" dvd producers learn that when we buy a dvd concert it's supposed to be a concert, not an interview. And this last only 1 hour, half of the real concert.
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I've been listening to Dave Grusin since the 1980's when he and Larry Rosen formed GRP Records.
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.
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Don't buy it. This Blu-ray is a fraud!!
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.
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It has been at least 10 years since Dave Grusin has done a recording. Except for the one that he did with Lee Ritenour. This is truly a great album. I sometimes think that Mr Grusin does his best work in live albums. Everyone that he has on here is just great. Again thanks Mr Grusin for a great album. Just one favor let me know when I can buy this on DVD and not Blu Ray.
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I have read the reviews from other people about this Blu-Ray/DVD and opted not to buy it. However, a friend who knows I really admire Dave Grusin sent me this disc as a gift. I was hoping against hope that the reviews were wrong. But after viewing it in its entirety, I was disgusted. All the negative remarks made by the other reviewers were simply and painfully correct. Whoever made this disc was probably a novice or amateur. At least one camera panned and zoomed airmlessly as if the director was asleep. And endless voiceovers (including that of Dave) interrupted the performances, . Haven't they heard of bonus materials section where these commentaries are supposed to be. Even the huge orchestra was idle almost half of the time.

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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