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Fourplay
Warner Bros. // DVD Audio
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted July 13, 2001 | E-mail the Author
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The Music:

1. Bali Run
2. 101 Eastbound
3. Foreplay
4. Moonjogger
5. Max-O-Man
6. After the Dance
7. Quadrille
8. Midnight Stroll
9. October Morning
10. Wish You Were Here
11. Rain Forest

The DVD

SOUND: "Fourplay" is presented in DVD-Audio's Advanced Resolution 96khz/24bit 5.1 and 2.0 formats, as well as Dolby Digital 5.1 for those who do not have DVD-Audio capable players. As I've mentioned before, with the Warner Music titles, neither side can listen to the other format, which strikes me as rather strange - to not let the DVD-A listeners compare the Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation to the DVD-A tracks.

Anyways, "Fourplay" is a lite jazz album, which sounds terrific throughout - the group can really play their instruments quite well. It just doesn't strike me as material that's going to show off the capabilities of the DVD-Audio format - and that's alright - not all releases have to be demo material. It's simply a matter of how well does the surround-sound format present the music and, in this case, I think that the presentation does quite a pleasing job. The surrounds provide subtle, but distinct information from backing instruments, while the main instruments (guitar, etc) are spread nicely across the front speakers. Many of the songs are simply instrumentals, but on "After The Dance" there are vocals - and the main vocals are nicely spread across the front, while backing vocals are placed in the surrounds. The vocals are so nicely presented around the room that I wish that the gospel DVD-A "Take 6" that I recently listened to could have taken a lesson from how this track was presented.

Audio quality seemed exceptionally good. The instruments were clean, detailed and distinct, nicely spread out around the room so that they had their own chance to shine rather than be overshadowed by one or more of the other instruments. The music is presented with a warm, rich sound that is comfortable to listen to. Although I thought that "Foreplay" started off a bit sleep-inducing, the album gradually became more interesting musically and with the pleasant and appropriately light surround-sound mix, it was an enjoyable listening experience.

Extras: Not much - biography and discography.

Final Thoughts: An enjoyable lite Jazz presentation, "Fourplay" isn't exactly my favorite kind of music, but those who are fans will appreciate the subtle, yet effective surround-sound presentation and the high quality sound provided by the format.
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