Talkin'Blues DVDs are commissioned works, and typically infuse the work with deep, insightful commentary, penetrating and sometimes surprising, interviews with the musician and his community, as well as featuring top notch live and studio musical performances.
We're capable of producing long term projects of enduring value, such as our three year involvement with Mel Brown, which required a large volume of back story research and additional interview footage.
We're also equally capable of delivering sharp visuals, great sound, and concise interviews and associated clips on tight deadlines.
|Pleasure is my Business|
|High on your Love|
|The Way That I Love You|
|Dressed to Kill|
|If You Were My Woman|
(and I Was Your Man)
|King of the Blues|
|Nothing in the World|
|Jump Right To It|
|AVAILABLE THROUGH: Jack Dekeyser|
|Jack de Keyzer - Silver Blues|
|"Director, videographer, Mako Funasaka captures blues guitar master, Jack de Keyzer and his sextet (Chris Murphy, saxophone; David Dunlop, trumpet; Martin Aucoin, piano/organ; Alan Duffy, bass; Tony Ajo, drums) performing blues, funk, jazz and soul in a set of original tunes recorded live at Toronto's, Hugh's Room. Mining songs from the singer, guitarist's 25 year catalogue, the Silver Blues DVD also features interviews and studio footage from de Keyzer's Juno Award winning, "6 String Lover" recording sessions at Toronto's famed Liquid Studio. Silver Blues is an entertaining, inspiring and enlightening look into the life and artistry of musician, composer and vocalist, Jack de Keyzer."|
|Mean Old World|
|Take Your Time|
|Red Cross Store|
|Shake Your Boogie|
|AVAILABLE THROUGH: Electro-Fi Records|
|Mel Brown - The DVD|
|"Winner of the Living Blues Magazine People's Choice Award for the Best DVD of 2006"|
|"Talkin' Blues' Mako Funasaka would seem to be the obvious choice to do a documentary on Mel Brown - being relatively local gave him the time to get to know his subject and he clearly has the talent that warrants respect, but it was still a two-year effort to get Mel to agree to just talk about the music he plays so well. That interview, or series of interviews, combined with concert footage and of the Blues -A Beautiful Thing sessions, forms the backbone of this 105-minute triumph. To hear the normally silent Mel speak his mind about his recent health problems, winning a Handy Award, growing up in Mississippi, and his music is a revelation, aided in no small part by Mako's sensitive questioning. The segments on discrimination in the south and on his wariness about the record industry are fascinating. Musical highlights are many: "Red Cross Store"; "Come Back Baby", given an impassioned performance sitting at the piano in the studio; "Headed South", Mel & Snooky Pryor live with The Homewreckers, with some effective visuals of the South edited in (from Mojo Ramble); Finis Tasby's "Mean Old World", from What my Blues Are All About and Fruteland Jackson's "Laura Marie" from Blues 2.0. All feature Mel on guitar or piano and all serve as pointed illustrations for the interview or as marvelous examples of Mel's valuable contributions as a session player. Some of these are different versions from the issued ones, a benefit perhaps intended for us collectors. " - John Valentyne - Maple Blues Magazine|