BEST MODERN JAZZ COMPOSER? Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind/Painting With Words and Music

Herbie Hancock’s Grammy winning album of Joni Mitchell music merely solidified the rumor that the 60s-80s folk singer/songwriter just might end up being the most important jazz composer of the Baby Boomer generation. Here, we’ve got a Blue Ray dvd that mixes an interview/documentary with an intimate gig in a studio lot in LA. Of the former, her insight into the 60s folk scene, the creation of the classic “Blue” album and her personal successes and failures reveal a disarmingly honest artist. The concert with heavy hitters Brian Blade, Mark Isham, Larry Klein and Greg Leisz mix popular songs like “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Woodstock” with sophisticated pieces such as “Hejira” and “The Magdelene Laundries.” This is an important perspective of an underappreciated artist of the ages.

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