READER ADVISORY: This will either be the easiest review I’ve ever written or it will be the worst. Possibly both.
You see, I know almost nothing when it comes to the world of jazz. I consider myself fairly well versed when it comes to music in general. As a musician myself, I have a pretty voracious appetite for almost every type of music. I grew up classically trained on piano, listened to film scores constantly, discovered Gershwin and the Beatles and my musical education exploded from there.
Unfortunately, jazz is one area where my knowledge is woefully underfed. Thus my review of this Wayne Shorter DVD should come with the huge caveat that I am not as comfortable with this genre as I would like to be.
That being said, from all appearances, this is a pretty solid release. After doing a little research on Shorter, it’s apparent that this guy is someone to be respected and admired within the jazz world. He’s played with the likes of Coltrane, Davis and Hancock. He is no slouch…and neither are the guys who make up the rest of his quintet in the main feature (which runs close to a full hour).
The main portion of the DVD focuses on the Wayne Shorter Quintet and their performance at the 1996 Montreux Jazz Festival. It features five songs and the individual and collective talents of the five men are on full display. The bonus cuts feature Shorter’s participation in two past performances at Montreux with Herbie Hancock. There are two songs from each performance and they’re also incredible displays of musicianship.
All in all, this is a pretty nice release, especially for you jazz fans out there. The footage looks clean and sharp, nicely edited, etc. The sound is also solid (kind of important for a music DVD). Not a bad addition to your collection.