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Thread: Pizzarelli, Bucky - SWING LIVE [DVD-A/SACD]

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    Default Pizzarelli, Bucky - SWING LIVE [DVD-A/SACD]

    Please post your comments, thoughts and observations....... :thumbsdow

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    Default Re: WE 1/30/2005: Bucky Pizzarelli - SWING LIVE [DVD-A/SACD]

    Another 10. Just like sitting in the crowd and listening to a live performance. Great dynamics, especially on the drums. Another demo quality disc.

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    Default Re: WE 1/30/2005: Bucky Pizzarelli - SWING LIVE [DVD-A/SACD]

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Robinson
    Another 10. Just like sitting in the crowd and listening to a live performance.
    Exactly. We sat about 8feet behind the mike tree for about half the cuts and, yes, it is a remarkable recreation. Probably, some of the hoots and claps are mine!

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    Default Re: WE 1/30/2005: Bucky Pizzarelli - SWING LIVE [DVD-A/SACD]

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson
    Exactly. We sat about 8feet behind the mike tree for about half the cuts and, yes, it is a remarkable recreation. Probably, some of the hoots and claps are mine!

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    It is truly fantastic. One of my favourites.

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    Default Re: Pizzarelli, Bucky - SWING LIVE [DVD-A/SACD]

    Absolutely one of the best multichannel records made. I have both the 4ch DVD-A and 5-ch SACD and they are both excellent. The center channel seems to be for the movies and you don't acually need it. Sometimes I think the DVD-A sounds better than the SACD ... but long live Chesky!!!!! In my mind the best multi-channel record company is Chesky (together with Opus3).

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    Default Re: WE 1/30/2005: Bucky Pizzarelli - SWING LIVE [SACD]

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Robinson
    Another 10. Just like sitting in the crowd and listening to a live performance. Great dynamics, especially on the drums. Another demo quality disc.
    Totally agree. It's a compelling recreation of a live jazz club recording. An excellent example of what Surround Sound is all about.

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    Discovered this disc through the reviews here and one track on Chesky's "Ultimate DVD Surround Sampler". This is absolutely the most "live" sounding disc I own, and it's great jazz to boot -- often used as a surround demo here. I especially like "Lime House Blues" and the minute or so after the music ends, where you hear the applause and then audience chatter as they file out. Beyond question, a definite 10!

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    Quote Originally Posted by callmez View Post
    Discovered this disc through the reviews here and one track on Chesky's "Ultimate DVD Surround Sampler". This is absolutely the most "live" sounding disc I own, and it's great jazz to boot -- often used as a surround demo here. I especially like "Lime House Blues" and the minute or so after the music ends, where you hear the applause and then audience chatter as they file out. Beyond question, a definite 10!

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    Hey, that's me. I was there!

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    Default Re: Pizzarelli, Bucky - SWING LIVE [DVD-A/SACD]

    Quote Originally Posted by callmez View Post
    Discovered this disc through the reviews here and one track on Chesky's "Ultimate DVD Surround Sampler". This is absolutely the most "live" sounding disc I own, and it's great jazz to boot -- often used as a surround demo here. I especially like "Lime House Blues" and the minute or so after the music ends, where you hear the applause and then audience chatter as they file out. Beyond question, a definite 10!

    Mark Z
    That SACD is always one I recommend.

    Chesky still uses the Soundfield Microphone for their new Surround Sound SACD releases. But these days their releases are more subtle surround-wise than Swing Live !

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    Default Re: Pizzarelli, Bucky - SWING LIVE [DVD-A/SACD]

    Say Kal, if we ever bump into one another somewhere, don't be surprised if I recognize your voice...

    Brian, do any of the other Chesky titles sound at all like this one? The only other Chesky SACD I've picked up is Phil Woods "Here's to My Lady", and while I like the music, the surround effect is very tame to say the least. I have to admit that I generally love wild & wacky surround mixes, but if there are more "you are there" mixes that sound as good as "Swing Live", I'd sure like to track them down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by callmez View Post
    Brian, do any of the other Chesky titles sound at all like this one? The only other Chesky SACD I've picked up is Phil Woods "Here's to My Lady", and while I like the music, the surround effect is very tame to say the least. I have to admit that I generally love wild & wacky surround mixes, but if there are more "you are there" mixes that sound as good as "Swing Live", I'd sure like to track them down.

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    No, the Chesky SACDs are generally pretty conservative on the Surround Sound mixes - Swing Live! being the exception.

    A fun one to consider would be the Dr. Chesky's 5.1 Show. It's like one of the Brad Miller Quad Sound Effects Samplers in Surround SACD.

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    Default Re: Pizzarelli, Bucky - SWING LIVE [DVD-A/SACD]

    Just got the sacd. Great, life-like sound. But I'm only hearing 4.0 when I play it. Is that right?

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    I hate to be a wet towel on this seemingly universally loved title, but I must. The performance - a 10. The music - a 10. The recording - a 10. But the audience reactions to the solos seem over the top to me. It sounds to me like someone came on stage and said "hey, we're recording tonight, so really whoop it up." I've been to a number of jazz club shows, and the applause for each solo feels forced and insincere to me, which makes it hard for me to enjoy this recording.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmack View Post
    I hate to be a wet towel on this seemingly universally loved title, but I must. The performance - a 10. The music - a 10. The recording - a 10. But the audience reactions to the solos seem over the top to me. It sounds to me like someone came on stage and said "hey, we're recording tonight, so really whoop it up." I've been to a number of jazz club shows, and the applause for each solo feels forced and insincere to me, which makes it hard for me to enjoy this recording.

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    You are right on the button. David Chesky came out between sets and coached us on the amount of audience participation he wanted. Perhaps you detected a subtle lack of spontaneity.
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    Default Re: Pizzarelli, Bucky - SWING LIVE [DVD-A/SACD]

    Hmm, I was wondering if some of the excessive applause might have also related to the level of beer and alcohol at the event.

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    Default Re: Pizzarelli, Bucky - SWING LIVE [DVD-A/SACD]

    I just happened to put this on the other day and couldn't help but laugh every time the crowd cheered for a solo.
    "You gotta always remember, the name of the game is 'What does it sound like?' That's always the end result - I don't care if you got 90 tracks. What does it sound like, baby?" - Ray Charles

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    Default Re: Pizzarelli, Bucky - SWING LIVE [DVD-A/SACD]

    While I agree the applause is excessive I have to say that my mother who grew up on swing really likes this disc.

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    Default Re: Pizzarelli, Bucky - SWING LIVE [DVD-A/SACD]

    First play of this, and I have to say it is a magnificent recording. The quality exceeds most studio jobs, and the musicianship is top notch. High points - drums, vibe, and clarinet have never sounded better. Minor quibbles: audience reaction is a bit loud in the rears, and the acoustic bass level seems a wee bit low.

    Overall, highly recommended. Don't miss this title.

    One more plus - it's available cheap on Amazon.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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