Tuesday, May 20, 2008

LD of the Day - "New Stars On Blue Note"

LaserDisc of the Day
"New Stars on Blue Note" (Pioneer SM055-3391) 1989
Featuring: Eliane Elias, Rick Margitza, OTB and Dianne Reeves

Never released (in any format) outside Japan, not yet reissued on DVD (not even in Asia!), this concert, filmed at Manhattan Center Studios on March 22, 1989, with the late engineer David Baker on the board control, opens with two fiery Eliane Elias' performances: "At First Sight" and "Straight Across", her tribute to Jaco Pastorius. She's backed by Ulisses Rocha, Rick Margitza, Lincoln Goines, Rob Aries, and superdrummer Steve Ferrone. Other highlights are Dianne Reeves' outstanding versions of "How High The Moon", "The Nearness of You", and "Passageway", with a dynamite quartet including Luis Conte (percussionist extraordinaire who would join Madonna's group in the next year).
The LD cover was autographed by Mrs. Eliane Elias to Mr. Arnaldo DeSouteiro:
"Oh, Arnaldinho,
O que é que eu vou te dizer neguinho, "tu me mata"...
No lado sério, MUITO muito obrigada por tudo.
NY, October 4th, 1990"
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