Clark Terry

Live in Concert [Video/DVD]

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Clark Terry can captivate any audience with his swinging technique, warmth, and ever-present humor. The instantly recognizable trumpeter treats an audience at the St. Lucia Jazz Festival to an entertaining live set that mixes several of his originals with time-tested standards and jazz classics. Accompanied by an excellent group -- including alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, pianist Anthony Wonsey, bassist Curtis Lundy, and drummer Victor Lewis -- Terry's matchless trumpet charms his audience throughout the performance. There are numerous highlights: an easygoing treatment of "Moten Swing" (readily identified with Count Basie) and a rousing "Take the 'A' Train" (long a part of the trumpeter's repertoire due to his seven-plus years working with Duke Ellington), Terry's gutbucket muted horn in his "St. Lucia Blues," and also a convincing interpretation of Miles Davis' landmark modal composition "All Blues." The leader has a lot of fun with the audience, goading them into singing along in his amusing "Love, Love, Love" (which alternates with his scat vocal) and teasing them for not following his cues during the closing number, "Bye Bye, Blackbird." Interview excerpts with Terry and a series of still photos are added bonuses to this DVD, which is also available as a CD and a VHS tape. The only thing missing is Terry's flugelhorn, which he evidently didn't bring along for this concert. The camera work, editing, and sound are all extremely well done, so this concert DVD should be considered an essential acquisition for fans of Clark Terry.