Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis: Live From New York City (DVD/Shock)

 |   |  <1 min read

Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis: Live From New York City (DVD/Shock)

While this beautifully shot concert film might not persuade you that this meeting of minds was as thrilling as the relentlessly theorising Wynton Marsalis makes it out to be, there are considerable pleasures to be had hearing Willie Nelson's deliberately languid vocals with the small and classy jazz group on hand. And harmonica master Mickey Raphael who effortless sits between them.

Director Danny Clinch doesn't spare the cameras (my guess is there would be at least a dozen at the concerts which were filmed over two nights and spliced seamlessly), and he adds in evocative street scenes, discreet shots of the audience, and some back stage interviews and rehearsal footage.

The setting is spectacular also: the Allen Room at the Lincoln Centre has huge windows which allows for a backdrop of New York at night.

The material ranges from standards (Georgia, Caldonia, Stardust) and old jazz (Basin Street Blues, Ain't Nobody's Business) to swingalong material (Sweet Georgia Brown, Down By The Riverside) and Don't Get Around Much Anymore.

Great band (Dan Nimmer on piano steals every solo) and good humour, but not quite as innovative and essential as some would have you believe.

But fine music and real nice to look at . . . . and I'd bet there had never been a more battered acoustic guitar taken into that up-market venue than Willie's lovingly road-damaged instrument.

 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

The Clientele: Bonfires on the Heath (PopFrenzy)

The Clientele: Bonfires on the Heath (PopFrenzy)

The charming, wispy and intimate pop of this London outfit has long been an Elsewhere favourite: their album God Save the Clientele was among The Best of Elsewhere 2007 and they share the same... > Read more

The Fleshtones (featuring Lenny Kaye): Brooklyn Sound Solution (YepRoc)

The Fleshtones (featuring Lenny Kaye): Brooklyn Sound Solution (YepRoc)

The limited edition of this album comes with a DVD doco about this New York garageband. It's entitled Pardon Us For Living But the Graveyard is Full and that's apt, the Fleshtones have been... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Young Marble Giants: Colossal Youth (1980)

Young Marble Giants: Colossal Youth (1980)

Just as Dylan emerged in the middle of the day-glo psychedelic era on a quieter rural route with John Wesley Harding, and the Cowboy Junkies whispered their way to the foreground amidst the... > Read more

NAOMI KLEIN INTERVIEWED 2001: Globalisation activism: revolt into style

NAOMI KLEIN INTERVIEWED 2001: Globalisation activism: revolt into style

Canadian author Naomi Klein's hotel window takes in an expanse of Auckland's glistening Waitemata Harbour, a blanket of cloudless sky and the graceful arc of motorways and harbour bridge between.... > Read more