Well...I picked this up last night and had the intention of just giving it a test-drive by listening to a few tracks and found myself mesmerized and listening to nearly half of it's content. Just beautiful.
Briefly, this disc comes with thee audio options: stereo PCM, DD 5.1 and DTS HD-MA. Beware, it defaults to the LPCM stereo track. They all sound good. The DD 5.1 sounds good but the DTS HD-MA sounds even better. (I'm only getting the core of the MA track using analog connections from my Panny BD-10 to my older Sony HT receiver). The PCM stereo track sounds really crisp if that's the way you want to listen.
As I stated above, I prefer Krall in her trio setting. John Clayton's fantastic basslines were really present in my subwoofer and Jeff Hamilton and Anthony Wilson were their usual terrific selves. The tracks which included the orchestra also seemed to be mixed in a way that really kept the trio front and center (as it should be).
There was a nice assortment of tracks mixed in with the Quiet Nights material including some of my favorites from her Nat Cole tribute CD. There was an especially nice moment during The Boy from Impanema when she asked the audience to sing along--to which they readily complied in their native tongue. It's a really tender interaction between musician and audience. There is also a version of Irving Berlin's Cheek to Cheek here that she has never recorded. Just a great set in which the musicians are all in fine form.
To me, with a small HD CRT set, the video looks fantastic. Besides usual concert lighting, there are a number of strategically placed mini-spots to highlight parts of the stage...including one to really define Ms. Krall's face at the piano. These bright bursts of light tend to cause a glowing affect at times (especially in the wide shots) but they provide a fair amount of details in the close-ups that make them worthwhile. The audience shots, which are shot in EXTREME low light--are very grainy...making me think the placement of the mini-spotlights was done with that particular purpose in mind.
There is also a four-track bonus rooftop practice session (of sorts) on the BD which features Krall, Hamilton and Wilson with some friends and admirers as they run through some of their numbers. I only watched one of these tracks but it basically amounts to Krall singing with only the guitar accompaniment in a casual setting. This really puts a spotlight on her vocals that can sometimes get lost in the instrumental inter-play of the trio. Very revealing.
149 minutes (plus) of terrifically-performed live jazz, beautifully shot and recorded! Who can ask for more?!?
and watch the bonus video for a taste of what you'll see/hear in beautiful high-definition!
What a treat. Two big thumbs-up from an unabashed fan!