Quincy Jones: The 75th Birthday Celebration Live At Montreux 2008

Featured In Issue 142, September 2009

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Quincy Jones: The 75th Birthday Celebration Live At Montreux was recorded in Stravinski Auditorium in 2008. This incredible event pays tribute to Quincy Jones, an acclaimed arranger, composer, producer, and bandleader who has nurtured a countless array of talents in the realms of jazz, pop, soul, gospel, R&B, blues, and classical, including the late Michael Jackson. Jones was honored in 2008 as an Ambassador at the Grammys and the Artistic Advisor for the Olympic Games in Beijing, China. This riveting concert performance features a varied array of artists, including Monty Alexander, Franco Ambrosetti, Patti Austin, Petula Clark, Billy Cobham, Herbie Hancock, Mick Hucknall, Al Jarreau, Chaka Kahn, Angélique Kidjo, Beverley Knight, Nils Landgren, Ledisi, James Moody, James Morrison, Nana Mouskouri, Naturally 7, Palo Nutini, Rahsaan Paterson, Freda Pain, Tibias Presage, Lee Ritenour, Patrice Rushan, Joe Sample, Curtis Stigers, Toots Thielemans, Larry Williams, The Montreux In The House Band (Greg Phillinganes, David Delhomme, Paul Jackson Jr. Nathan East, John Robinson, Paulinho da Costa) and The Swiss Army Big Band under the direction of Pepe Lienhard. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette ThankQ, A Montreux Tribute To Quincy Jones (HD )—a behind-the-scenes look at this incredible event, plus a 48-page color booklet on the event.

The 1080p AVC picture is outstanding! The imagery is three-dimensional, with exceptional depth, sharpness, and clarity. Color fidelity is wonderful with rich, vibrant hues and perfectly natural fleshtones. Blacks are deep and solid. Contrast also is excellent, with superb shadow delineation. This is a spellbinding picture that is simply fascinating to view, with every facial and body expression stunningly captured. This is truly reference quality high-definition that won't disappoint! (Gary Reber)

The soundtrack is selectable in uncompressed stereo LPCM, compressed Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel, and lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel. For the finest in fidelity and spatial performance, select the DTS-HD Master Audio track. The sound is fabulous! Rarely has there been a concert performance so well recorded. The sound is rich, with exceptional depth and presence, and delineation of fine instrument and vocal timbres is wonderful. The mix uses the left and right front channels to capture the vocals and instrument solos, with the center channel used as fill to provide a center lock for anyone not listening from the "sweet spot." The soundfield is fully holosonic® and effectively puts you in the choice seat to take in all of this wonderful jazz talent. The orchestral cooks and sounds full and very dynamic. The rhythm section drives each performance to perfection. Al Jarreau's renditions of Lionel Hampton's "Midnight Sun" and Quincy Jones' "The Dude" are absolutely remarkable! And dig the incredible performance of Naturally 7 on "Billy Jean"-simply mesmerizing! Wrapping up this extraordinary concert is an incredible ensemble performance of "Stuff Like That." This concert is sure to lift your spirits and get you dancing in your seat-an absolutely wonderful experience! (Gary Reber)