Jack DeJohnette

DeJohnette, Hancock, Holland, Metheny in Concert [Video]

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One of the jewels of the Pioneer Artists DVD catalog, this now out of print concert document captures not only Jack DeJohnette but the other three featured players in top form, and in state of the art video and audio. Recording live at the 1990 Mellon Jazz Festival, the performances soar from the percussively persuasive opening to Dave Holland's "Shadow Dance" and there's no returning to Earth till the end, 90-plus minutes later -- along the way, Herbie Hancock wows us at the acoustic grand, and Pat Metheny's guitar goes to all kinds of wonderful sounding places, all held together around Holland's and DeJohnette's playing. The cameras were well-placed and the editing is spot-on perfect, as is the fidelity, visually (letterboxed at about 1.66-to-1, with 16x9 enhancement programmed as well) and sonically (5.1 Dolby as well as two-channel PCM stereo). The disc goes right to program on startup, which is great, too, as no one who would buy this release would want to wait and fool around with any menus before getting right to the work on screen. A five-star release all the way around, with DeJohnette taking top honors among the many to go around for this performance.

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