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Produced by Ken Burns one of America's most celebrated and respected documentary film-makers this BBC co-production cost in excess of $13,000,000 and took over six years to make.
JAZZ features literally hundreds of rare and classic recordings and live performances from a century of Jazz music, supported by exclusive interviews and rare or never before seen film clips and still photographs.
Armstrong, Ellington, Basie, Goodman, Brubeck, Davis all the big names are here but so too are dozens of less well known artists whose talent and creativity helped to shape the course of a true musical revolution. Achieving a perfect balance between intelligent commentary and archive performances (the best of which are allowed to run uninterrupted for gratifying lengths of time),...
JAZZ is the best American documentary film I have ever seen. NEW YORK POST
the material is fascinating, the research effort is awesome and no jazz lover should miss this. DAILY MAIL
Armstrong and Ellington are the touchstones of Burns' film, providing the narrative thread around which the stories of other major figures turn, among them Bechet, Basie, Goodman, Parker, Miles Davis and Coltrane. Burns also finds populist mileage in the politicisation of jazz, making dramatic capital out of racial divides that most jazz players, black and white, have ignored. The fact is that almost all jazz players, regardless of race, have felt like outsiders. Despite such distractions, Jazz is the longest jazz documentary yet produced, and it's rich in musical examples and classic, rare and unseen footage. Even when working with simple stills, Burns uses seductive camera work and Keith David's epigrammatic narration to maximum effect. There's plenty to enjoy here, but viewers should be aware, as Joshua Redman points out in Musicians' Views in our Ken Burns' Jazz shop, that Burns' film is an often compelling perspective on jazz, not a definitive study. --Mark Gilbert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Excellent history of jazz for lovers of jazz.Many lesser known facts about specific musicians I had never heard before.Highly reccommended!Published 20 days ago by John Rautenbach
Husband really liked this. It is a great historical insight into the life of jazz.Published 5 months ago by Isabella
superb dvd collection well worth the price and if you are into music the tracks played are great ! and the pictures used and film footage add to the entertainment ! Read morePublished 5 months ago by tried it
It has been wonderful to see it all again. We had the video version and just had to get the DVD version.Published 17 months ago by MR GRAHAM POOLEY
Most enjoyable, every style of jazz explained and played by the best musician's in their field. Well done Ken BurnsPublished 18 months ago by Arthur Lewis
I`m very disapointed that we can only get the abbridged version over here. I can understand the BBC wanting to cut the documentary down for T. Read morePublished 20 months ago by G. PERCY
I watched virtually every broadcast of this and having missed two glorious broadcasts, I decided this is one of those rare TV outputs which is worth its weight in gold. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dipak Nandy
Great piece of work and just a sublime way to learn watch and enjoy the dvelepment of jazz and all the influneces that enabled evolve. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Island Girl
Exactly as advertised-very good-Although when reveiwed by Christopher Bray in the Mail on Sunday as a JAZZ SPECIAL EDITION @ £35.25 I did pay a lot more than thatPublished 22 months ago by madge evans