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“The Jazz Channel Presents: Ben E. King” is a 68-minute DVD released under the Image Entertainment label. This intimate concert was part of the “BET on Jazz” series by this legendary Rhythm & Blues singer, which was filmed in 2000.

During the 1960’s and 1970’s, King (1938-2015) was famous as a member of The Drifters, as well as a solo artist. The concert featured many tunes from his heyday, such as “Stand by Me,” his 1961 signature tune, “On Broadway,” “Under the Boardwalk,” and many others. Although I’d never intentionally listened to his music before, upon hearing these songs, I realized King’s significance. It’s another part of my ongoing “horizon broadening” process!

King’s voice was pleasant and entertaining, without being particularly remarkable. However, it worked well in this setting, and his backup band and vocalists were also excellent.

The recording of this disc was exemplary. A bonus feature entitled, “Meet the Artist,” featured King discussing his life and career. I’m glad that I watched this DVD.

 

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