First and foremost is the Wadada Leo Smith Quartet with Eclipse, an absolutely stunning performance, with absolutely brilliant editing, a real showcase for what any music DVD should look like (La Huit, 2008). The quartet's CD, "Tabligh", is one of the highlights of the year, and so is this DVD.
Other great DVDs include :
- 4 Corners - Alive in Lisbon (Clean Feed)
- Trio X - Live In Vilnius (CIMP)
- Marc Ribot - The Lost String (La Huit)
- Henri Texier - Strada Sextet (Artofilms, 2008)
- Nicole Mitchell - Black Unstoppable (Delmark, 2008)
- Chicago Underground Trio - Chronicles (Delmark, 2007)
- Ari Brown - Live At The Green Mill (Delmark, 2007)
- Soil & Pimp Sessions - U Want More? Live At Montreux 2006 (Victor, 2007)
- Ken Vandermark - Musician
- Roy Campbell - Arts Interplay
Wadada Leo Smith - Eclipse
This DVD brings the entire live performance of The Golden Quartet, with Smith on trumpet, Vijay Iyer on keyboards, John Lindberg on bass and Ronald Shannon Jackson on drums. It is filmed with only hand-held cameras and in black & white. But the editing is absolutely superb, and follows the music in split-seconds. Brilliant and spectacular.
Henri Texier - Strada Sextet
This DVD shows the French stylist and wonderful composer Henri Texier at work with his Strada Sextet, which released the fabulous "Alerte A L'Eau" last year, and of which many of the tunes are performed here. The CD has almost the perfect balance between interesting rehearsal discussions, interviews and live performance. Especially the rehearsals shed some light on the Texier's musical approach and vision.
4 Corners - Alive In Lisbon
This first DVD by the Portuguese Clean Feed label captures this great band, consisting of Adam Lane on bass, Ken Vandermark on bass clarinet and baritone sax, Magnus Broo on trumpet and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums, during a live performance in Lisbon. All pieces come from the "4 Corners" CD, except for the last track, "Sanctum", which is on the "Drunk Butterfly" album. Great music and great band, great performance too. The performance was recorded by various cameras and is well-edited.
Trio X - The Train & The River
Please see here for a full review of this DVD.
Marc Ribot - The Lost String
This DVD gives an overview of Marc Ribot's career and his musical adventures and boundary-pushing needs, in rock, jazz, fake cuban, classical, klezmer and way beyond all genres. The picture given of the musician is interesting and warm, cosy and broad of scope, which of course reduces the performances to a minimum. And that is a pity. The performances are really too short, and like the Trio X DVD, wets our appetites for more, but it just doesn't come. Well, anyway, after viewing the DVD, I listened to the Cubanos Postizos again. And that was a long time ago.
Vision 3 Festival (AUM Fidelity, 2005)
This one is a little bit older, but I managed to get a copy this year. With great performances and interviews with Joe McPhee, Roy Campbell, William Parker, Henry Grimes, Matthew Shipp, Whit Dickey, Joe Morris, Rob Brown, well .... the usual crowd.
Watch Wadada Leo Smith Golden Quartet
Watch 4 Corners
Watch Henri Texier
Watch Marc Ribot