HTF REVIEW: "Eastwood After Hours: Live At Carnegie Hall" (with screenshots)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Ronald Epstein

    Eastwood After Hours
    Live At Carnegie Hall

    "Ladies and Gentlemen I'm Clint
    Eastwood and I love Jazz"

    To be honest, I'm very nervous about doing
    a review like this. Although I love all kinds
    of music ranging from Rock to Classical, the
    two genres I am most unfamiliar with is Jazz
    and Country.
    The folks at Warner Brothers have politely
    asked a favor that I review this disc. So,
    please accept my hesitations about reviewing
    a disc that contains music I have so much
    unfamiliarity with.
    On October 17, 1996, Carnegie Hall came alive
    as some of the true veterans and contemporary
    greats took the stage to honor Clint Eastwood's
    love for Jazz and its inclusion in many of his
    films like Play Misty For Me; Bird; Honkytonk
    Man and White Hunter, Black Heart.
    It's amazing that these are all films I never
    saw. As a fan of Clint Eastwood's early westerns
    and late detective films, I never realized what
    an impact his smaller titles made upon the jazz
    This 106 minute DVD is chock-full of show-stopping
    numbers conducted by Lennie Niehaus. Some of my
    favorites include...
    Kenny Barren and Barry Harris on
    separate pianos playing "Misty".
    A simply beautiful vocalization from Jimmy
    Scott as he sweetly sings "The first time
    I ever saw your face" (from "Play Misty For Me").
    His tender voice accompanied by the deep bass of
    cello accompaniment was just awesome.
    Claude Williams in a rousing fiddle
    rendition of "San Antonio Rose" (from "Honkeyman").
    Keith Mahongany's deep, soothing voice
    being backed by the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band as
    he sings "Satin Rose" (from White Hunter, Black
    For something more familiar to film fans, there's
    even a jazzy rendition of "Rawhide" with lots of
    trumpets and saxophones.
    Every one of these jazz numbers includes footage
    from the selected films as well as videotaped
    introductions by Clint Eastwood, as he talks about
    how he first heard these songs as a kid, even
    attending concerts of artists like Lionel Hampton
    and Benny Goodman. You can see that Clint
    Eastwood has a great love for this music, so much
    so that it inspired him to include it in his films.
    How is the transfer?
    Transfer looks fairly good, though I noticed
    a bit of video noise and uneven edges in the
    picture. On a widescreen set, many are going
    to be put off by the 1.33:1 ratio, but hey, this
    is about the music.
    Presented in Dolby Digital Surround Stereo,
    the audio remains very crisp and robust. Horns
    belt out with extreme clarity and the lows of the
    cello sent sonic booms to my SV Subwoofer. The
    only problem I had was with directionality. I never
    had a sense that the instruments nor the audience
    were ever directionally placed in the sound mix.
    Although the rears give the effect of being in
    a large concert hall, I never felt like I was
    in the middle of it all.
    Special Features
    Eastwood After Dark takes us backstage
    as we meet individual artists like Jon Faddis,
    Phil Ramon and Kevin Mahogany who talk not only
    about the opportunities they had to work with
    Eastwood, but the anticipations of playing in
    such a famous venue like Carnegie Hall. It's
    artists like Thelonious Monk, Jr. who remind us
    how little exposure Jazz receives and how important
    it is that people like Eastwood help bring it to
    light. This 10 minute documentary serves as a
    spotlight for the individual artists involved
    in the concert, as well as sending out a unified
    message about jazz itself.
    Final Thoughts
    For anyone who loves Jazz, I am certain that
    this will be a must-buy disc. I am so happy
    to have learned a little something about Mr.
    Eastwood that I never knew before -- especially
    seeing him play the piano along with the Carnegie
    Hall ensemble. Unfortunately, that performance
    is abruptly cut short with end credits and
    At a price well under $15, this is a DVD that
    Jazz enthusiasts need not think twice about
    picking up.
    Available Now
  2. Philip Verdieck

    Philip Verdieck Second Unit

    Jan 23, 1999
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    I can heartily recommend White Hunter, Black Heart. It is based upon John Huston's obsession with shooting an elephant when he was shooting The African Queen.
  3. TomHenderson

    TomHenderson Auditioning

    Mar 8, 2002
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    I can vouch for Bird - its a great film about charlie parker, a troubled musical genius.

    I haven't seen a DVD but I'll grab it if I ever come across it.


  4. John Beavers

    John Beavers Second Unit

    Mar 1, 1998
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  5. Mark Zimmer

    Mark Zimmer Producer

    Jun 30, 1997
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    John, as a rule, that's how I like mine too. But this is a little different since it's a tribute to the music in the films, so I didn't mind the cinematic material sprinkled throughout.
    I thought there was a great deal of definition and placement to the sound. On my system, the vocals were anchored clearly in the center, the bass was in the mains (mostly right), and the piano out of the surrounds. I was surprised that it was only a Dolby Surround track and thought it was much better than the usual.
    I also considered the video portions to be pretty well done, considering it's an onstage live performance, which are notoriously iffy when done on DVD.
    My full review is at
  6. John Beavers

    John Beavers Second Unit

    Mar 1, 1998
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