Fascinating double bill of two original 30 minute programmes from the distinguished jazz critic Ralph J. Gleason's regular show. Taped in a small San Francisco studio with a couple of cameras, the series offers intimate and intelligent interviews with some of the greats of jazz. This dvd features shows recorded in early 1963 and though technically primative will be of huge interest to students of jazz.
The Armstrong show is unusual and maybe slightly disappointing in that there are no live performances by the great man. However, he and Gleason listen to several early Armstrong records (what a pleasure when the camera lingers on his face as he listens to the revolutionary sounds he made in his youth) and then discuss them, with Armstrong as always self-effacing and touchingly unaffected and also highly informative.
In the Earl Hines show, after a brief interview with Gleason, the pianist moves to the piano and presents a twenty minute potted history of jazz piano (and bass and drums) styles; a fascinating history lesson from a genial jazz master.