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  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Import, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Improv-Jazz
  • DVD Release Date: 10 July 2006
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000FJI4FE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,852 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MCS on 12 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This consists of an old BBC broadcast, and a film made in Belgium.The BBC concert has the most appalling picture and sound.The faces cant always be seen clearly and the sound has heavy flutter.Ythe Belgian film ,of Hawkins and rhythm,has good picture quality,but,to my ears.a bit of flutter in the sound.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Poor audio and video, but still a valuable set of films 3 July 2012
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I cannot disagree with the comments about the sub par audio and video quality on the London segment of this DVD. However, to me, that is compensated for by the many close up shots of each musician. As not only a drummer, but as a musician, this feature alone redeemed this DVD for me.

UPDATE (7-15-12): I just received a copy of a DVD from a different publisher that has greatly improved audio and video (although the 1964 London segment still leaves something to be desired for overall audio quality.) The concerts were in he same venues, but probably on different nights because the set lists are different, although the musicians in each segment are not. The new DVD is also twice as long as this one. See Jazz Icons: Coleman Hawkins Live in '62 & '64, which you may find to be a better alternative to this DVD. I own both and enjoy both for different reasons.

The first segment clocks in at a little over 41 minutes and taped in Wembley Town Hall in London in October 1964. The group starts out on fire with a song titled Stoned, and song after song maintains the energy even on ballads like Willow Weep for Me. The final song in this segment is Caravan on which Papa Jo Jones performs an astonishing drum solo that relies on rhythm and subtlety instead of sheer power. That track alone validated my purchase. But I am a drummer and a Papa Jo Jones disciple, so that is probably not a selling point for most others who are considering this DVD.

What I think does commend the video is the fact that it captures some pioneering jazz musicians: Coleman Hawkins who made the saxophone a jazz instrument instead of a novelty, Harry Edison who influenced generations of trumpeters, and Papa Jo Jones who redefined swing drumming, as well as giving us vocabularies for both brushes and hi-hats. The other musicians were from the next generation, including Jimmy Woode on bass and Sir Charles Thompson on piano (Thompson actually was from Edison's generation, but spent a lot of his career in smaller ensembles which did not get him the recognition that he deserved.)

Had the performances not been as energetic I would have probably joined in with the others who gave this DVD 2 stars. However, in spite of the poor audio and video the musicians hold back nothing. Indeed, each plays as though it's their last performance. I especially loved the close up shots of Papa Jo Jones, and the wider shots of the entire group.

Another reason I rated this video so highly is I indulge in fantasies of someone discovering a wax cylinder of Buddy Bolden, or better, a cylinder and a crude video. Either of those artifacts would surely be in less than optimum condition, yet would be considered treasures to anyone interested in what Bolden - arguably the father of jazz - sounded like on his cornet. When I put it into that context, the quality issues on this video become necessary evils that are balanced by the historical record. Especially considering that some of the musicians are early pioneers a generation after those who invented this music.

The remaining 31 minutes are from a performance in Brussels in June 1962. The audio and video quality are much better and the performance is energetic, but lacks the fire of the London segment in my opinion. Hawkins is joined by Jimmy Woode on bass, George Arvanitas on piano, and Kansas Fields on drums.

The four songs are: Blowing for Adolphe Sax, Disorder at the Border, South of France Blues and Rifftide.

A note about Rifftide - it sounds a lot like Monk's Hackensack and for good reason. Hawkins was on tenor on a Mary Lou Williams recording session on December 15, 1944. Her arrangement of Lady Be Good and Rifftide share a lot musically, as do Rifftide and Hackensack. Mary Lou was one of Monk's mentors.

Enough history - if you are a musician or are interested in preserved recordings of some iconic jazz musicians this DVD may interest you. Bear the caveats in mind because the audio and video are definitely sub par on the first segment. If you can live with that, then this is a gem for its historical value. If you want high quality production values you will probably be better off passing it up.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Disapppointed 3 Nov. 2010
By Searcher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Man ist right. Lousy picture and sound quality. I should have read his rewiew before bying the DVD. Don't make my mistake !!
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