Streisand tribute uneven, disappointing

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James Brolin and Barbra Streisand.

The Blu-ray “A MusiCares Tribute to Barbra Streisand” should have been monumental, but it’s uneven, dull and disappointing. As the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year, Streisand was feted at a gala affair in Los Angeles. This Blu-ray captures more than a dozen of that evening’s performances.

Diana Krall’s performance of “Down With Love” pales in comparison with Streisand’s renowned rendition, but you can tell that Krall, who worked with Streisand on her 2009 “Love is the Answer” disc, feels genuine affection for Barbra. Seal’s performance of “Guilty” is exceptional, especially when he occasionally evokes Barry Gibb. Also delivering knockout performances are Lea Michelle (“My Man”), Faith Hill (with a beautiful interpretation of “Send in the Clowns”), a classy Tony Bennett (“Smile”) and Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison.

But the concert also has its share of sour notes. Barry Manilow’s Vegas-schmaltz version of “Memory” has his trademark key changes. Other lowlights include Stevie Wonder and Arturo Sandoval’s off-kilter take on “People” and Herbie Hancock and Nikki Yanofsky’s “On A Clear Day/Lazy Afternoon” medley.

Streisand closes the concert with “The Windmills of Your Mind” and “The Promise (I’ll Never Say Goodbye),” a pair of Marilyn and Alan Bergman compositions. The Blu-ray contains no bonus material.

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