Kenny Drew-Live: Brewhouse Jazz (1992)

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Released 19-Mar-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Menu Audio
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Notes-Concert Info
Biographies-Cast
Notes-Notes And Facts
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 1992
Running Time 52:10 (Case: 55)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Stanley Dorfman
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Kenny Drew
Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen
Alvin Queen
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.29:1
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.29:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    I have recently selected three jazz DVDs for review, of which this is the second. The first was The Gadd Gang - Live on Digital Video. This one is of a similar vintage, having been recorded live in 1992 at the Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, England. The show was by a piano trio led by the great bop pianist Kenny Drew and attracted a small but enthusiastic audience. Kenny recorded over 50 albums as a leader during his career and played on many sessions with most of the greats of jazz including Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and many, many more. Unfortunately, he died the year after this performance was recorded.

    The band consists of three very talented musicians, all based in Europe. The full band is:

    The show is very enjoyable, with the highlight being the excellent musicianship of the band members and the interplay between them. Visually, the show is not overly interesting, as it is really just three guys in dinner suits and bow ties on a brightly lit stage, although some of the close-ups of the playing are certainly of interest to jazz fans or aspiring musicians. An icon appears during the concert which allows for access to track and concert information. The same information is also available via the menu.

    As is quite often the case with jazz, the  songs played are sourced from a variety of genres such as show tunes and traditional chants. The songs are:

  1. In Your Own Sweet Way - A jazz tune composed by Dave Brubeck.
  2. It Might As Well Be Spring - An Oscar-winning Rogers & Hammerstein tune from 1945's State Fair.
  3. Saint Thomas - A great composition from Sonny Rollins. This is one of my favourite jazz tunes. An excellent version featuring a great drum/bass interplay opening. Rollicking calypso flavoured tune.
  4. It Could Happen to You - Originally a vocal tune from the 1940s by Jimmy Van Housen. Slower Ballad
  5. Hushabye - A traditional Jewish chant which was a concert favourite of Kenny Drew.

    This is a very good show featuring excellent musicianship. Jazz fans would certainly enjoy this.

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Track Listing

1. IN YOUR OWN SWEET WAY
2. IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING
3. SAINT THOMAS
4. IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU
5. HUSHABYE

Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.29:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is most likely the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was clear and sharp throughout, surprisingly so for a concert film of this age. You could clearly see the beads of sweat on the musician's faces. The video quality is not quite as good as The Gadd Gang title mentioned above but is still very good. There was some light grain throughout. The video has been transferred at a high bit rate.

    The colour was good, however there was really very little colour to show.

    There were no noticeable artefacts.

    There are no subtitles but since there is only a very small amount of dialogue that is not really a problem.

    

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Audio

    The audio quality is very good but not overly dynamic compared to modern concert recordings. Considering the age of the recording you really cannot complain.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.

    The music comes across well from the front speakers, with all instruments being well defined and easy to distinguish. The sound is clear and enjoyable.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer are not used.

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Extras

Menu

    The menu included a still photograph, music and the ability to select tracks or chapters.

Text Pages of Information

    The main concert includes an icon at the end of each track that when selected takes you to information regarding the track and its author. This information is also accessible from the main menu. Also included are text pages covering details of the band, the show and the careers of the individual members.

DVD-Rom Extras

    Included on the disc are HTML pages giving links to websites for each of the performers. Some of them work.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This disc is available in Region 1 in exactly the same format except for PAL/NTSC differences.

Summary

    A live performance from 1992 by bop pianist Kenny Drew and his talented trio.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    The disc has only text based extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, April 04, 2005
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