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Shadows and Light (1980)

Documents Joni Mitchell's historic 1979 tour backed by an all-star band of jazz-fusion musicians. Filmed at Santa Barbara County Bowl and intercut with classic film clips and original footage to give visual interpretations of the music.

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Joni Mitchell
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Complete credited cast:
Joni Mitchell ... Herself - vocals, guitar
Don Alias Don Alias ... Himself - drums
Pat Metheny Pat Metheny ... Himself - guitar
Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius ... Himself - bass
Lyle Mays Lyle Mays ... Himself - keyboards
Michael Brecker Michael Brecker ... Himself - sax
The Persuasions ... Themselves - vocals
Toller Cranston Toller Cranston ... Himself - skates (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chuck Berry ... Himself (archive footage)
Amelia Earhart ... Herself (archive footage)
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers ... Themselves (archive footage)
Sherman Garnes Sherman Garnes ... Himself - Frankie Lyman and The Teenagers (archive footage)
Frankie Lymon Frankie Lymon ... Himself (archive footage)
Jimmy Merchant Jimmy Merchant ... Himself - Frankie Lyman and The Teenagers (archive footage)
Joe Negroni Joe Negroni ... Himself - Frankie Lyman and The Teenagers (archive footage)
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Documents Joni Mitchell's historic 1979 tour backed by an all-star band of jazz-fusion musicians. Filmed at Santa Barbara County Bowl and intercut with classic film clips and original footage to give visual interpretations of the music.

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Documentary | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joni Mitchell: Shadows and Light See more »

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Stereo (Uncompressed Digital - PCM 2.0)| Dolby Digital (5.1)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jaco Pastorius, universally considered one of the greatest bass players of all-time, was Joni Mitchell's musical director on the Shadows and Light Tour. His bass solo contains an excerpt of "Third Stone From the Sun" by Jimi Hendrix. Jaco was battling cocaine and alcohol addiction during the tour and soon lost his MD position due to his penchant for showing up late/sometimes not at all for rehearsals. Jaco suffered from mental illness and was murdered in 1987 by bouncer Luc Havan outside of the Midnight Bottle Club in Florida. He had multiple facial fractures, damage to his left arm and lost his right eye. Havan served 4 months in prison. See more »

Connections

Features Rock Rock Rock! (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Black Crow
Written by Joni Mitchell
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A great live performance!
4 November 2007 | by planetabluSee all my reviews

The music icon surrounded by as talented a group of performers you can find including Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius and The Persuasions. The sound and video quality complete the 'live' experience for those of us unfortunate for not having been there. Joni Mitchell's music is as evocative as ever with the blending of jazz and soul augmenting a special experience. This is a slice in musical time, well directed and produced with an enjoyable mix of of montage complimenting certain tracks. The selections will satisfy the palate of all Joni Mitchell fans as she spans the breath of her work to that point. Obviously, I enjoy this very much.


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