Les Brown and his Band of Renown
If youre a big band fan, and want to hear it with the best audio fidelity
possible, this disc could be for you.
Les Brown and his Band of Renown have been around forever, and thanks to dts,
theyve never sounded better unless youve been sitting in the audience
front row center. And because its the DVD-Audio format, you can listen
to it with any DVD player; you may not get the full audio excellence
of the DVD-A format, or even dts, but it still sounds terrific.
We have to admit that, while we like big band, we havent been as familiar
with Les Brown et al as wed have liked. Weve long been Glenn Miller
fans, as well as the Duke and others, so it was nice to have the opportunity
to expand our big band experience - especially with a high res audio perspective.
And we werent disappointed. This is a wonderful collection of tunes,
masterfully played and with recording quality that is to die for. We thought
the DVD-A track was the best, followed by the dts and Dolby Digital. None of
them are slouches, however.
Audio choices consist of uncompressed MLP 48khz/24-bit DVD-Audio MLP track,
dts 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks for DVD-Video player compatibility. In
DVD-A is the best; the fullness collapses somewhat in dts - and the Dolby Digital
2.0 option is for emergency use only (for those who dont have
the audio hardware but who still want a good listening experience).
The sound mix is very well done. Most of what you hear comes from the front,
as if youre at a concert, with some supporting players highlighted from
the rear speakers, and some reverby bits also emanate from the rear. So while
it is a surround mix, it isnt gimmicky and they dont beat you over
the head with it.
Vocals, bass, and percussion fill the soundstage at the front of the room,
while the brass are spread more widely through the room, though with a front
bias. The discs dynamics are outstanding, and the disc cries out to be
played loudly as youd play a rock album - try it, youll like it!
The main vocals, featuring Low Rawls and Jane Monheit, sound natural and convincing,
and the whole shebang combines to create a musical experience that envelops
you most rewardlingly.
The DVD also comes with a good booklet, including a note from Les Brown, Jr.
about the sound mix and his father's career. You also get a photo gallery.
dts is doing a good job, overall, of providing great multichannel discs that
exploit the new audio formats very well. This particular disc is a classy addition
to the line and we especially appreciate the embracing of the DVD-Audio format
and hope dts will do this increasingly since we think its the best of
the new formats, offering wonderful sonic opportunities with the most flexible
2. Secret Love
3. I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
4. Drop Me Off In Harlem
5. Aint She Sweet
6. They Can't Take That Away From Me
7. If Dreams Comes True
8. Mood Indigo
9. It Could Happen to You
10. I Only Have Eyes For You
11. Bizet Has His Day
12. A String Of Pearls
13. Sentimental Journey
15. That Old Black Magic
16. Satin Doll
18. Yo Henry
20. Old Man River
21. Leap Frog
Genre: Jazz Label: DTS Entertainment 5.1 Producer: Les Brown Jr. and Al Schmitt
5.1 Mixed by: Al Schmitt UPC: 692860106796
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