The 75th Birthday Celebration: Live at Montreux 2008

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When an artist of the stature of Quincy Jones celebrates his 75th birthday you can be sure it’s going to be quite a party. The show took place on July 14th 2008 at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival, an event with which Quincy Jones has a long and rich history, and the cream of musical talent turned up to serenade “Q” on this very special occasion. The main concert lasted over two and a half hours and the musicians then spilled out into the bars and cafes of Montreux with… More >>

The 75th Birthday Celebration: Live at Montreux 2008

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5 Comments
  1. If you like Quincy you’ll LOVE this DVD.

    Picture and sound are 5 Stars all the way!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. I purchased this without even thinking about seeing it. I am such a big Quincy fan and with all the featured singers and musicians what could be bad about this DVD? Ok, first of all I LOVE me some Patti Austin. She was great, looking good after gastric bypass surgery, sounded great and really singing. Rahsaan Patterson did good on Let the Good Times Roll, Mick Hucknall rocked! Now who in the world decided to give Petula Clark One Mint Julep and Going to Chicago Blues??! Even Nana Mouskouri was not so hot on her songs as well. I was like ??. I was waiting on Ledisi to kill me but she, along with many other singers did NOT know the lyrics!! I’m a big Chaka Khan fan also but she is still reading the lyrics to Miss Celie’s Blues?? Wasn’t she in The Color Purple Stage Production?? She read the same lyrics on Quincy Jones LIVE in Montreaux 1996 DVD. The background singers were not the greatest either, reading words and looking at each other as if they were unsure. Stuff Like That got junky too, thought it would have been hot since Chaka was there to do those signature things too it. The band ROCKED! I mean Greg Phillinganes, Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample, Lee Ritenour, Nathan East…no complaints there they were solid. Who else rocked? Naturally 7, Patti Austin and James Moody, Freda Payne(forgot her lyrics too but fixed it with scatting and just kinda working it out)and Angelique Kidjo.

    This DVD is worth having if youre a fan but it could have been better. Happy Birthday Mr. Quincy Jones you are music royalty!
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. A very entertaining concert. Good participation from many reknown artists. Good sound and visual. A good jazz collection (blu-ray).

    Separately, looking to purchase Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis Season One Collection. Can anyone help. i am living in Singapore.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. The premise and execution are first rate,I really wanted to give this concert five stars but ……After all it’s a concert and the sound mix was definately lacking,poor sound staging,some instruments seeming lost entirely ( DTS HD Master included). For all of the extrodinary talent and musicianship assembled for this once in a lifetime event it left me wanting. The video was shot extremely well and I will watch it,probably just with the LPCM stereo mix
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. Quincy Jones has had one heck of a career! Older jazz fans know him from his years as trumpeter and arranger for Dizzy Gillespie, sixties rock and roll fans know him from all the hits he produced with Lesley Gore and – of course – everyone knows him from his work on the mega-platinum albums of Michael Jackson. He even worked with early hip-hop artists with his “Back On The Block” CD – still one of my favorites.

    Jones is highly respected in every pop and jazz genre and has fostered young musicians with his involvement in school music programs and with scholarships.

    This beautifully crafted – once-in-a-lifetime concert – was organized by Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs – in July 2008 and features, not only well know artists who Jones has worked with over his career – a literal “who’s who” including, Al Jarreau, Toots Theilmans, James Moody, Nana Mouskouri, Petula Clark, Chaka Kahn and the incredible Patti Austin – who in my opinion steals the show! It concert must have lated longer, but its edited here down to THREE HOURS! The combinations of performers is unique: Herbie Hancock, with Patti Austin vocalizing on the theme from the film “The Good , The Bad and the Ugly” start it off and later Miss Austin joins Miss Kahn for “Miss Celie’s Blues” from the film “The Color Purple”. (Oh did I mention that Jones composed lots of film scores, including this one? Michael Jackson was not in attendance at the party so All Jarreau and the a capella group Naturally 7, handle his hits. The camera work is excellent – as it usually is on the Montreux Jazz DVDs from Eagle Vision and there’s a nice 48-page booklet of photos and tributes included. (They could have used some of those pages to discuss Q’s career, but that’s just a minor quibble.

    The guy is still producing and making great music at age 76. Imagine what they’ll come up for his 80th Birthday party!

    Steve Ramm

    “Anything Phonographic”

    Rating: 5 / 5

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