Live in Paris is the first concert DVD from the phenomenally talented Jill Scott. The concert DVD comes on the heels of her critically-acclaimed third studio album, The Real Thing, and is scheduled to drop on February 5. That date is only three days before the broadcast of the Grammy Awards, where "Jilly from Philly" is nominated in three categories. In other words, this is Jill Scott's moment.
The Live in Paris DVD is a fabulous journey of sight and sound and will please most fans because the essence of the Jill Scott concert experience—the intimacy —is not lost in translation. The set was recorded over Thanksgiving weekend in 2007 at the historic Elysee Montmartre, a cavernous belle arts that hosted a standing room only, sold-out crowd and the video production crew was "fairly well hidden in head to toe black and clearly instructed by Jill not to be seen nor heard from," executive producer Steve McKeever tells Rod 2.0. McKeever says the cameras were tucked away so "not to intrude on the intimate exchange between audience and artist."
It shows. Live in Paris is an eclectic collection of vintage and new Scott and the sound is brilliant. The first set is "The Way", one of our favorites from Who is Jill Scott, but with a killer bass hook. The driving tempo and stomping feet—plus Jill's sky-high Afro and "Proud Lady" t-shirt—is vintage 1970s. For extra measure, the artist introduces her bass player for an extended solo. Class. The segue to the second track, "Whatever", is effortless and also quite retro. It's beautiful to hear the hook of this R&B song played with a xylophone. By the time Jill reaches "Golden", you're captivated and imaging yourself in the Parisian concert hall—her voice is rare, haunting, beautiful, and, the ambiance of the French-accented voices in the crowd is wonderful. As a treat, Jill invites her fans to sing along in the final set, "He Loves Me" and it is a wonderful harmony.
There are some nice bonus features. In addition to the behind-the-scenes documentary shot on the streets of Paris, Jill Scott fans will be happy to see the live "mini-concert" at the Los Angeles House of Blues. This includes four new tracks from The Real Thing, "Crown Royal", Hate on Me", "My Love" and "All I." Of those, the first two are our faves, possibly because they are up-tempo.
Jill Scott:Live in Paris is the first concert DVD in a new series from Jill's label, Hidden Beach Recordings, the niche label that also boasts Brenda Russell, Keite Young and Rod 2.0 fave Cornel West. The DVD will also be packaged will an accompanying audio CD.
Thanks to Jill Scott, her management and Hidden Beach, a limited number of DVDs will be given away to Rod 2.0 readers. In the comments below, tell us the name of your favorite Jill Scott song and in a short paragraph (or two) explain why. Include your name and correct email and we'll choose five or more responses. The DVDs will be mailed directly from Hidden Beach next week. The giveaway closes Thursday afternoon at 6pm ET.