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Gary Burton

and Makoto Ozone – Live at Montreux 2002 DVD

Review by Gary Hill

So you say you like jazz? I’m talking about the traditional jazz stylings. You know, no fusion guitar or any of the like. Just some killer musical explorations set to a grooving backbeat. Well, if that’s the kind of music that sets your heart soaring and your toes tapping, be prepared. This DVD should be just what the doctor ordered. This duo sets out creating lines of dancing melody filled with multiple colorations of sound. It’s all the right variations on just the perfect themes. It’s refreshing to see a release in this series that actually shows jazz being played at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Don’t get me wrong, I like every release in this series, but it’s nice to see music that lives up to the title. The video and audio are both great on this disc. I suppose if I had to complain about something here it would be that there are no bonuses to this DVD. This one would have been a great disc to have the extra audio CD, too. Still, if you like their type of jazz, you really can’t beat this release.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2006 Volume 5 at

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