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'Melody Gardot - Live At The Olympia, Paris'
(Melody Gardot / Blu-ray / NR / 2016 / Eagle Vision)

Overview: Philadelphia native Melody Gardot's music is unable to be defined by genre, ranging from soulful, sultry, sassy, rich, and emotive. A Grammy-nominated jazz-pop singer-songwriter, Gardot's performance on Live At The Olympia Paris is both intimate and emotional, as captured at the legendary venue in the French capital (originally created in the Belle Époque era), and her band is at the top of their form.

DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, here's what you should know about this singing legend: American singer, songwriter and musician Melody Gardot has obviously been influenced by such blues and jazz artists as Judy Garland, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Stan Getz and George Gershwin as well as Latin music artists such as Caetano Veloso. Indeed, her music has been compared to that of Nina Simone and she has even been nominated for a Grammy Award.

On a more personal level, but still one that filtrates her music accordingly, Gardot follows the teachings of Buddhism, is a macrobiotic cook and humanitarian who often speaks about the benefits of music therapy. She has visited various universities and hospitals to speak about its ability to help reconnect neural pathways in the brain, improve speech ability, and lift general spirits.

Here on a quite stunning 'Melody Gardot - Live At The Olympia, Paris' Blu-ray, we see the woman herself playing both guitar and piano, whilst focusing primarily on songs from her most recent album, Currency Of Man and 2009's My One And Only Thrill. Sure there are only 11 tracks on this visual treat, and sure we would all have wanted more, but with a couple of surprise tracks thrown in for good measure, 'Live At The Olympia, Paris' is still a wickedly beautiful musical treat for us, all her fans.

1) 'Don't Misunderstand'
2) 'Same To You'
3) 'She Don't Know'
4) 'Bad News'
5) 'March For Mingus'
6) 'Morning Sun'
7) 'Les Etoiles'
8) 'Baby I'm A Fool'
9) 'Who Will Comfort Me'
10) 'Preacherman'
11) 'It Gonna Come'

This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.