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Jazz is not only heard but also seen—read our critics’ takes on live videos and documentaries.

Pat Metheny: The Orchestrion Project

In case you slept through 2010, let’s recap: Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion was a one-band-man project for the ages, wherein the guitarist fronted a large ensemble’s worth of instruments played using an elaborate system of robotics. It was the sort of mad scientist’s undertaking that demanded visual documentation-hence Pierre and François Lamoureux’s The Orchestrion Project, a … Read More “Pat Metheny: The Orchestrion Project”

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Woody Herman: Blue Flame: Portrait of a Jazz Legend

Although he outlasted most of his big band-era contemporaries, working steadily for more than 50 years and never resorting to nostalgia, Woody Herman is rarely considered iconic today. Perhaps that’s because-as some of the clarinetist, saxophonist and singer’s former employees readily attest in this nearly two-hour documentary-he was never a true virtuoso. As saxophonist Dick … Read MoreWoody Herman: Blue Flame: Portrait of a Jazz Legend

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Hiromi: Live in Marciac

Japanese pianist Hiromi left fans perplexed when she disbanded her trio with fellow Berklee alumni Tony Grey (bass) and Martin Valihora (drums) after several standout releases. Yet that trio, often augmented by guitarist David Fiuczynski, built its incredible rapport over time. Such appears to be the case with Hiromi’s latest trio featuring veteran all-stars Anthony … Read More “Hiromi: Live in Marciac”

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Wayman Tisdale: The Wayman Tisdale Story

If not for the unhappy ending, The Wayman Tisdale Story (Mack Avenue), a film included in the CD/DVD package of the same name, would make for a terrific inspirational feature film: Oklahoma kid from meager means plays in the band at his preacher father’s church, finds his way to Olympics and NBA basketball fame, quits … Read More “Wayman Tisdale: The Wayman Tisdale Story”

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