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'Quincy Jones 75th Birthday Celebration' (Blu ray)
(Quincy Jones, et al / Blu ray / NR / (2008) 2009 / Eagle Rock Ent.)

Overview: Many talents have graced the Montreux stage in the past, but on July 14, 2008, it hosted a very special evening of music. An incredible wealth of musicians appeared to honor one of the most influential and prolific creative forces in recorded music, here for the very first time on glorious Blu ray.

DVD Verdict: With the release of this fabulous 'Quincy Jones: 75th Birthday Celebration Live at Montreux 2008' now on 2-disc DVD and this glorious Blu-ray, we can all finally celebrate Jones' birthday in style! Mind you, at over two and a half hours long it will take some bladder control to make your way through it all in once sitting - inclusive of the bonus feature, a behind-the-scenes featurette titled "Thank Q"!

Recorded on July 14th 2008 at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival, as a composer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, record company executive, magazine founder, and record, film and television producer, Quincy Jones has had a spectacular influence on American culture for more than 50 years.

But tonight was more about what those people he'd helped could do for him, as opposed to what he could once again do for them ... save for the fact he performed all night long, of course! But not just him, as he was backed all night by the Montreux In The House Band: Greg Phillinganes (keyboards), David Delhomme (keyboards), Paul Jackson Jr. (guitar), Nathan East (bass), John Robinson (drums), Paulinho da Costa (percussion). And, to add the cherry to the cake, he was also accompanied by the Swiss Army Big Band conducted by Pepe Lienhard.

And so, to celebrate his 75th birthday, and after a lovely, fitting introduction from Claude Nobs (the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival), Quincy brings us countless musical works of wonderment. Performed solo or with a varied array of artists, including Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, James Moody, Mick Hucknall, Petula Clark, Billy Cobham and Lee Ritenour, songs such as 'Let The Good Times Roll,' 'Moody's Mood,' 'Shiny Stockings,' 'One Mint Julep,' 'Al No Corrida,' and both 'State of Independence' and the wonderful, 'Billie Jean,' performed with Naturally 7.

Bringing the whole set to a close with an incredible 'Stuff Like That' that features, amongst others, Monty Alexander, Patti Austin, Petula Clark, Billy Cobham, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Angelique Kidjo, Beverley Knight, Nils Landgren, Ledisi, James Moody, James Morrison, Nana Mouskouri, Naturally 7, Eahsaan Patterson, Freda Payne, Patrice Rushen, Joe Sample, Curtis Stigers & Larry Williams, the show is befitting to a legend of music such as Quincy Jones - and has to be seen to be believed! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Feature of:

"ThankQ, A Montreux Tribute To Quincy Jones"