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Brubeck Returns to Moscow


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C+†††† Film: B-



It is certainly fascinating how music can be considered a freedom, yet as an American I suppose itís something taken for granted.Russians on the other hand did not always have the same privileges and this particular program entitled Brubeck Returns to Moscow demonstrates just that.Filmmaker Daniel Wilson was able to capture the mood and atmosphere of the rehearsal leading up to the performance as the Dave Brubeck Quartet return to Moscow after being banned for decades as was all Jazz music.


The Quartet is teaming up here with the Russian National Orchestra to play at the renowned Bolshoi Hall of the Moscow Conservatory of Music.This is without a doubt a once in a lifetime moment to capture!This is not just a momentous moment because of all the tension, but also because Jazz had never been played in this classical venue EVER.Well, I suppose Brubeck is the ideal choice for making that happen.


The bulk of the program is devoted to the leading up to the actual performance and captures some interesting and candid moments.Jazz fanatics will find this completely poignant and fascinating for sure.Technically the DVD from Koch is so-so.The full frame 1.33 X 1 image has a dated appearance and gets the job done, but nothing stunning by any stretch of the imagination.Sound is only available here in 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo, which is disappointing since this music program could use a nice 5.1 remix.


Extras are a nice treat though, which make up for some of the technical setbacks. The highlight is a candid interview with Russian journalist and TV personality Vladimir Posner in which Dave Brubeck discusses the difference in the Russian government's attitude towards Jazz in the past and now plus other topics ranging from religion, black roots in Jazz and world peace.This also covers some of Brubeckís recollections over the past 50 years as being a pianist/composer and a well-revered Jazz master.


All in all this is a fairly good program that will entertain most musical minds, of course Jazz fans will find this more interesting and hopefully everyone can better appreciate the freedoms they have in all aspects, especially in music!



-†† Nate Goss


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