Legends - Live at Montreux
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Eagle Vision is delighted to be continuing the release of DVDs from the archives of the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival.
LEGENDS is a unique concert from the Montreux Festival, bringing together the formidable talents of five musical superstars: ERIC CLAPTON (guitar & vocals), STEVE GADD (drums), MARCUS MILLER (bass), JOE SAMPLE (piano) and DAVID SANBORN (saxophone). All acclaimed in their own fields, they work even better as a group.
The music is an intoxicating blend of jazz and blues on classic tracks such as Full House, Shreveport Stomp, Groovin and a wonderful acoustic version of Claptons LAYLA thats guaranteed to give you goosebumps.
With a substantial following for each of these artists, the chance to see them playing together should make this one of the most in-demand Montreux titles to date.
1. Full House
5. Going Down Slow
6. The Peeper
7. In Case You Hadnt Noticed
8. Third Degree
9. First Song / Tango Blues
10. Put It Where You Want It
11. Shreveport Stomp
12. In A Sentimental Mood / Layla
13. Every Day I Have The Blues
The opportunity to hear Eric Clapton stretch out in an unusual (for him) setting and in the company of musicians the likes of which he rarely plays with is the principal attraction of Legends - Live at Montreux, recorded in 1997 during the Swiss city's annual jazz festival. Clapton is joined by some superb musicians here (pianist Joe Sample, saxophonist David Sanborn, bassist Marcus Miller, and drummer Steve Gadd); but he is clearly the guy the crowd came to see, and as always, he delivers a passel of passionate, stinging solos. But although some of the repertoire has clearly been tailored for him (there are several straight blues numbers, along with the inevitable "Layla"), he's a bit out of his element. Not that this is by any means a jazz concert; notwithstanding the jazz chops of the other players, the bulk of the nearly two-hour set consists of funky, R&B-based grooves, requiring Clapton to play some intricate rhythm figures and ensemble lines, all of which he does well (he's especially effective on "Put It Where You Want It," a Sample tune from his days with the Crusaders). But where a guitarist like, say, Kenny Burrell could imbue this kind of material with interesting chord substitutions and jazz scales, Clapton sticks with the straight-ahead rock style that made him famous, and sometimes it simply doesn't fit. That won't make much difference to folks who just want to hear the man play. The more nettlesome issue is the fact that despite a couple of certified classics (Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood" and Jelly Roll Morton's "Shreveport Stomp," neither of which includes the guitarist), overall this music consists of too many riffs and not enough melodies, too many repetitive jams and not enough tunes. In short, Legends - Live at Montreux's biggest problem is its tendency to be boring. --Sam Graham
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The day before the show, I stumbled onto this Montreaux performance in a store. As a huge Sanborn and Clapton fan, I couldn't believe my eyes. And Miller, Sample and Gadd? These are all the best in their genre.
The DVD does not disappoint. It is great fun! I enjoyed that it was more of a bluesy soul jazz jam session. Each track, 6-10 minutes in length, gives each musician opportunities to shine. Though Clapton has the fame in this group, he didn't play like he was theee man. He played like he was one of five of the best musicians in the world, with great respect for what the other guys do. In fact, Sanborn may have the most solo time in this show, as they used mostly his tunes. The one other Clapton tune, besides "Layla," "Third Degree," could have benefitted from a Sanborn solo. Clapton seemed to need a song or two to really warm up to these guys. but all of his leads, primarily blues chops, sound great and are very satisfying. I highly recommend this performance from these legendary musicians for your DVD collection.
CONS: I AM A MUSICIAN AND OF ALL THE DVD'S I HAVE BOUGHT OF CONCERTS IT STILL BOTHERS ME THAT THESE CAMERA MEN AND SOUND ENGINEERS STILL HAVE NO FREAK'N CLUE! THESE MUSICIANS GIVE 150% IN PERFORMANCE AND THESE INEPT MORONS CAN'T EVEN CAPTURE IT ON CAMERA OR SOUND. FOR EXAMPLE, THE BEAUTIFUL STEINWAY PIANO SAMPLE PLAYS SOUNDS LIKE A $200.00 PIANO FROM TOYS R US AND THE DRUMS WERE NOT ALL CLEARLY RECORDED. CLEARLY THEY CAN HAVE BETTER TECHNOLOGY FOR RECORDING.
THERE WAS A DELAY IN THE SOUND OF WHAT THEY PLAYED AND WHEN YOU SEE IT.
THE CAMERA DONKEYS FOCUSING ON A BLURY REFLEXION IN THE PLEXI GLASS OF ERIC'S SOLO. DUH! MARCUS MILLER'S SOLO... CAMERA BACK AND FORTH FROM CLOSE UPS OF HIS HEAD SHAKING, THEN BACK TO HIS HANDS.
GADD'S SOLO.. OMG! HOW F*#@$ UP ARE THES GUYS! 2 PERFECT POSITIONS TO SEE THE ENTIRE SOLO AND THEY ARE MOVINIG THE CAMERA DIRECTLY BEHIND HIM SHOWING HIS BACK, THEN SHOWING ONLY HIS FACE SEVEAL TIMES, BACK AND FORTH FROM LEFT AND RIGHT SIDES RESULTING IN MISSING HALF THE SOLO. FIND A GOOD SPOT SO YOU CAN SEE THE ENTIRE MUSICIAN AND STAY THERE.!!. THAT IS HOW THE HUMAN EYE WORKS. NOT BOUNCING ALL AROUND WITH DIFFERENT VIEWS.
THE SOUND AND CAMERA PEOPLE SHOULD BE FIRED FOR DESTROYING SUCH A PERFECT EXPERIENCE. OH..., ERIC STARTS THE SONG AND THESE DIM WITS ARE SHOWING A VIEW OF THE AUDIENCE. HELLO???? THE TIME TO SHOW THAT IS AT THE END OF A SONG NOT WHEN A STAR IS PLAYING THE INTRO... MORONS!...
ALL IN ALL I STILL RATE THIS A 7 TO 8 OUT OF 10. THE MUSICIANS A 10 PLUS, THE AUDIO VISUAL DINKS, 4.
The viewer is treated to electric and acoustic sets, being the electric ones my favorites. The song that is worth the price of the whole DVD alone, in my humble opinion is 'Put it where you want it'. Amazing, energetic solos by Sanborn, Clapton and Sample.
About the DVD itself. Audio transfer is flawless, with DTS and Dobly tracks, you get a crisp, kind of live quality to the show.
The video is letterbox format, great for concerts, but colors seem to be a little washed off, my bootleg copy from japanese Tv seems to have more quality to it. No extras on this dvd :( and only a very straightforward menu animation.
For it's price, this is one of the best concerts out there, especially if you are a Clapton fan, but Sanborn and Miller also deliver the goods like no other. Recommended
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