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Quincy Jones: The 75th Birthday Celebration - Live At Montreux 2008 (Eagle Blu-ray)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: B-     Concert: B



Quincy Jones is so successful that the tributes just keep on coming.  A little while ago, we covered the DVD release of Quincy Jones: 50 Years Of Music - Quincy Jones & Friends Live At Montreux 1996, which you can read more about here:





Now comes Quincy Jones: The 75th Birthday Celebration - Live At Montreux 2008 with another all-star tribute to the writer/producer/musician and it is longer and more expansive than the previous release, this time on Blu-ray.  The music this time includes:


1)     The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

2)     Let The Good Times Roll

3)     Makin’ Whoopee

4)     Moody’s Mood

5)     The Television Song

6)     Honeysuckle Rose

7)     Shiny Stockings

8)     I’m Gonna Move to The Outskirts Of Town/In The Heat of The Night

9)     If I Ever Loose This Heaven

10)  Midnight Sun

11)  One Mint Julep

12)  Goin’ To Chicago Blues

13)  My Ship/Summertime

14)  Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

15)  Almost Like Being In Love

16)  Miss Celie’s Blues (Sister)

17)  What’s Going On

18)  Eyes Of Love/Bluesette

19)  Walking In Space

20)  Strawberry Letter 23

21)  How Do You Keep The Music Playing

22)  The Dude

23)  Billie Jean

24)  Wall Of Sound

25)  Mama Aifambeni

26)  State Of Independence

27)  Everything Must Go

28)  Cool Joe, Mean Joe (Killer Joe)

29)  Ai No Corrida

30)  Stuff Like That



The star line-up includes Patti Austin, Petula Clark, Billy Cobham, Herbie Hancock, AL Jarreau, Chaka Khan and Angelique Kidjo, Nils Landgren, Nana Mouskouri, Freda Payne, Lee Ritenour, Patrice Rushen, Larry Williams and many more.  If anything, it is like the last show with more money, energy, music and everything else, making it a fine follow-up and then some.  It is about the man and his music and it works.


The 1080i 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image may have some motion blur here and there, but is very impressive considering it is not progressive scan.  Color and depth are also impressive, making this a real pleasure to sit through.  The DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) lossless 5.1 is the best mix here or the three offered, but the Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM 2.0 Stereo mixes are not bad, reflecting how well-recorded this is.  It is just not spectacular, but it is consistent.  Extras include a nice color booklet inside the Blu-ray case and a fun featurette: Thank Q. - A Montreux Tribute To Quincy Jones.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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