Jazz on a Summer's Day [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Its a time capsule of late 50`s American style.
The section of a Bach Cello Suite played on Double Bass in the darkened room has the sound & visuals absolutely enhancing each other with the vivid shaft of light showing only portions of instrument & player (& his pipe smoke) thoughout.
The shape of the future is hinted at in an early Chuck Berry performance near the end.
I can't work out whether Mahalia Jackson or Chico Hamilton stole the show, but you could literally hear a pin drop during their performances, the audience was so entranced. I would put them equal first.
Watch it, listen to it, and make up your own mind. If you like wonderful music played with skill, love and talent, this is the DVD for you
Although the cinematography could be said to now show it's age, it beautifully conveys a feeling of the time. The warmth, brilliance, genius, sense of fun and in retrospect naiveté of a bygone era.
My personal favorite has to be Mahalia Jackson, as there is so little footage of her around.
To sum up though, I would defy anybody to watch this and not come away with some positive feeling that they would wish to keep with them.
I don't think a better jazz film has ever been produced. And partly thanks to the camera of Bert Stern, who could find the essence of the artists.
Really a great experience!
With a cast that includes Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Stitt, Chico Hamilton, Mahalia jackson, George Shearing and a young Chuck Berry - well, how can you go wrong!
It was shot over a few days in Newport and Stern inter-cuts his coverage of the jazz sets with beautiful footage of sea, sand, sails and water during the Newport regatta. He also grabs actuality of the crowds enjoying the music or simply soaking up the sun. For its time, this 'cinema verite' approach was fresh and original and set the standard or many documentaries that followed.
If you love fine jazz (both modern and traditional) and fancy a sunny weekend break, then buy this DVD immediately.
Some of the shots have stayed in our memory quite vividly, the cellist rehearsing and smoking a cigarette, the girl in the sunglasses he keeps finding in the crowd, all the time the music playing.
There are some memorable performances as well, Chuck Berry didn't stand out as unusual in a jazz concert because he lit up the stage. Louis Armstrong, well, what can you say, absolute master of his craft but to us, how can you forget Mahalia Jackson singing The Lord's Prayer.
A film for music lovers, where the technique of the hand held camera is being used to great effect, an effect being copied by the modern movie maker.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From a music lovers point of view this is a sometimes frustrating film. Although entitled 'Jazz On A Summers Day', looking at the line up of The Newport Jazz Festival 1958, this... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Zedman
This is a fabulously special video - recommend it to everyone interested in jazzPublished 1 month ago by E R A Barratt
I think that, to do this DVD justice, it has to be put into the context of its time. The shots of the audience, yachts, etc, provide a degree of interest. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MTG
Wonderful artists in an iconic venue. What more can you ask for. The film is now a classic.Published 2 months ago by M. J. Jones
It was great to hear and see some old heroes of mine. But I remember seeing Anita O'Day singing "Honey Suckle Rose" which was not included. Read morePublished 8 months ago by gaga.