The 5.1 Entertainment Group, a leading proponent of high-resolution, multichannel sound offered by DVD-Audio, has adopted the DualDisc CD/DVD hybrid with similar enthusiasm. This live recording from t

The 5.1 Entertainment Group, a leading proponent of high-resolution, multichannel sound offered by DVD-Audio, has adopted the DualDisc CD/DVD hybrid with similar enthusiasm. This live recording from the 2003 Montreux Jazz Festival is an ideal example of the creative possibilities such next-generation formats offer. The added dimension of a surround-sound speaker configuration makes any musical genre more fully alive and present, but the multiple percussion instruments featured in this Latin jazz performance really come to life when enveloping the listener. True to typical DVD-Audio composition, the DVD side of "Poncho at Montreux" is light on video content. It offers the entire album in 5.1-channel sound and stereo, photos, a discography and biography. Also included is a video of "Batiri Cha Cha," perhaps the most satisfying component of the DualDisc. The high-resolution video married to a sparkling recording presented in surround sound far surpasses any experience possible on a CD. But being a DualDisc, it is backward-compatible, playable on any CD player. Also released by Silverline Nov. 16 are DualDiscs featuring Bob Marley & the Wailers, Ministry, .38 Special and the Fixx. - CW

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