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Rendezvous in New York (2004)

This live concert performance documentary is a textured exploration into the musical mind of world-renowned jazz pianist Chick Corea and is a rare look at a lifetime of musical partners, collaborations and creative adventures.




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Credited cast:
Jeff Ballard ...
Michael Brecker ...
Gary Burton ...
Avishai Cohen ...
Chick Corea ...
Steve Davis ...
Steve Gadd ...
Tim Garland ...
Eddie Gomez ...
Roy Haynes ...
Bobby McFerrin ...
John Palatucci ...


A live concert movie shot during the recording of the Grammy-winning album, "Rendezvous In New York", offering a historical, unprecedented musical retrospective of contemporary jazz told from the viewpoint of legendary pianist, Chick Corea, who reunites nine different bands he's led over his illustrious career in a once-in-a-lifetime event. Captured in 24p High Definition TV and Digital Surround Sound at the famed Blue Note club in New York City, "Rendezvous in New York" features highlights of performances by over twenty musical heavyweights such as Bobby McFerrin, Joshua Redman, Terence Blanchard, Michael Brecker, Steve Gadd and Christian McBride. To better understand the man universally regarded as "King of the Keyboard", the film also follows Chick and his fellow band members off stage for rare intimate reflections on a lifetime of musical partners, collaborations and creative adventures. Narrated by Jeff Goldblum ("Jurassic Park"; "Independence Day"). Written by Anonymous

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great jazzmen of our time
12 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Chick Corea is clearly one of the best jazz musicians of all time. His career spans decades performing with the likes of Miles Davis and with his own groups. Corea has covered all genres of jazz from the 50s onward, especially fusion and, in the last ten years, straight- ahead jazz.

This HD film produced, edited and directed by David Niles, brings Corea to NYC for a series of concerts at the Blue Note, one of the most prestigious jazz clubs in America. It is an opportunity that is not wasted, to capture Corea and his many talented friends doing some of the most important jazz compositions of the last 50 years, covering hard bop and other jazz genres.

Niles does a good job of getting us "up close and personal" with the music and the musicians, using a documentary approach. The HD quality is first-rate. The music takes care of itself.

The only issue I have with Niles' technique, is his apparent lack of understanding how to film musicians. There are moments when, for example, filming the drummer Roy Haynes, we get only a frontal head and shoulder shot during a solo. We see the drum sticks flying around from the audience POV, but never get to see Hanes from behind and the amazing skill he has. I personally don't want to see just a face when the potential to see a musician's hands at work is essential for a film like this.

It reminds me of the classic faux pas in a film like the less than adequate "Staying Alive," sequel to "Saturday Night Fever," where director Sylvester Stallone cuts off the dancers from the waist down in most of the dance scenes. Duh! It's a movie about dancing and we hardly ever see their legs move.

Now David Niles is certainly not that bad, despite his limited experience directing films. But it would behoove Mr. Niles to pick up a few more tips about how to make the most of his skilled cameramen and develop his editing skills.

Still, I rate this film a 10 out of 10 for the music, and an 8 for Niles' direction.

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