Release Date: 2004
Available Audio Tracks: (Dolby Digital 5.1), (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
Live in Paris is the more famous of DKís concert videos, and it does have many charms. This Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival disc, I feel, showcases her talents better. The music is less formal, more jazzy, and the players stretch out more. Plus, the video and especially the audio, good as they are on Live in Paris, are even better on this disc.
Here, DK plays with Peter Erskine on drums, Robert Hurst on bass, and Anthony Wilson on guitar -- and thatís it, a quartet, playing tightly and telepathically with each other. Wilson, especially, shines in this concert, his underrated talent on full display. DK sings some of her own songs, so she pours herself into them.
Her Steinway grand is present in your room. The other instruments are placed solidly around the soundstage. Many friends say itís the best-sounding DVD concert I have. Check out DKís great piano solo on the intro to Devil May Care, and soon after, a brilliant guitar solo. Throughout the song thereís the snappy snare drum and shimmering cymbals at the back, a solid double bass line, and percussive piano doing rhythm duties. And thatís just one of many musical and audio treats.
My recommendation: Listen to the stereo track, as the instruments sound much fuller that way.