Dave Grusin: An Evening with Dave Grusin (Blu-ray) 2011 DTS-HD Master Audio


One of the top ten film scorers of his generation, Dave Grusin is possibly even more renowned as a jazz artist and co-founder of GRP Records. Grusin's musical career has been distinguished by a mastery over a diverse range of styles, counterbalanced by a touch at the piano which makes his keyboard signature totally unique. Rovi Rating:

His award-winning film scores include On Golden Pond, Tootsie, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Goonies, and more, along with tributes to the music of George Gershwin, Henry Mancini and Leonard Bernstein. His first jazz-related release in seven years features Patti Austin, Jon Secada, Monica Mancini, Gary Burton, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Tories, Sammy Figueroa and the 75-piece Mancini Orchestra. The eminent producer director Sydney Pollack, with whom Grusin has collaborated on nine films, summed it up succinctly with the words Concord Jazz, the niche label which has a host of Grusin-related artists on its roster (Sergio Mendes, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, etc.), jumps into the Blu-ray business with its imprint Heads Up, which provides us An Evening with Dave Grusin with a generally very good to excellent AVC encoded 1080i transfer in 1.78:1. The image here is decently sharp most of the time, but the decision to cloak the stage in diffuse red and blue lighting a lot of the time adds a layer of softness and fuzziness to the image which may bother more ardent videophiles. There is just the edge of some blooming in some of these aggressively lit shots, creating mild halos of light around the players. Otherwise, though, this is a good looking concert video, with very good to excellent fine detail, especially in the copious close-ups. Black levels are solid and contrast is very good throughout the performances.

Heads Up hasn't skimped on audio options on this release, giving us two lossless and two lossy tracks from which to choose. On the lossless side we have a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix as well as an LPCM 2.0 stereo fold down, and we have Dolby counterparts on the lossy side. Aside from some probably picayune mixing issues I had with various tunes, these are robust and blisteringly enjoyable mixes. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix is remarkably clear and bright, with wonderful space and well utilized surround mixing. Occasionally some of the solo instruments feel like they're just slightly buried in the mix. The most noticeable of these issues is Gary Burton's vibraphone, which seems strangely muffled in the full band moments of "Cool." Otherwise, though, the track sparkles with brilliant fidelity, impressive dynamic range and spot on fidelity throughout all frequencies

Video

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Video resolution: 1080i

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0

English: Dolby Digital 5.1

English: Dolby Digital 2.0 

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0

English: Dolby Digital 5.1

English: Dolby Digital 2.0 (less) 

Subtitles

None 

(less) 

Discs

25GB Blu-ray Disc

Single disc (1 BD)

Playback

Region A, B (C untested)

UPC:

Live Concerts: LC081

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