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Sound Of Jazz, The - Complete Edition [Spanish Import] [DVD-Video, NTSC]

Various Artists DVD
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  • DVD (3 Nov 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Label: Disconforme
  • ASIN: B00011FY1S
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 529,912 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound of Jazz best video recording available 15 April 2009
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Although recorded many years ago & this is plainly obvious, the music recorded in this DVD is second to none. It is a classic & should be on the shelf of every jazz lover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Finest Jazz Film of All Time! 4 Sep 2008
By Blue Coronet - Published on Amazon.com
In late 1957, producer Robert Herridge hired jazz writers Whitney Balliet and Nat Hentoff to assemble a group of musicians for an hour long jazz program (this was the era of live television, before there was videotape and the only way to preserve a program was to make a kinescope by using a 16mm camera filming the image off a monitor). Never before, or again, was an hour of jazz presented so well and so true. Herridge had the fine sense to go for the true essence of jazz, without any "dressing it up" in floor-shows or other silliness. The result, a live broadcast on CBS, featured six groupings of musicians and was relaxed, joyful and pure. The Sound of Jazz has been issued in various forms over the years including some poor vhs tranfers and incomplete dvd issues. At one point I bought a Japanese Laserdisc of this just to get a decent copy. This dvd is the complete program and all spoken introductions. It lacks visual contrasts (too light) in some sections, but it is the best copy out there on dvd. Fine copies exist in some of the better stock footage film firms, but no one has gone this route. Robert Herridge produced a few other fine jazz programs: the story of Frankie & Johnnie performed as a ballet with live music by Charles Mingus; a half hour featuring Ahmad Jamal's trio and Ben Webster's group; The Sound of Miles Davis (available on dvd as Miles Davis - Cool Jazz Sound); and an hour long piece for Metromedia, now lost, called Duke Ellington: A Portrait in Music. The Sound of Jazz is one program I never tire of watching, and whenever I have seen it shown in public -- the audience can't help but applaud afterwards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rare glimpse of jazz royalty 23 July 2009
By Matthew Watters - Published on Amazon.com
The other reviewer clearly knows whereof he speaks, so I'll only add a few comments about the programme. It's heavily slanted towards classic swing of the 1930s, with the likes of Rex Stewart, Pee Wee Russell and Red Allen appearing alongside Count Basie with almost a reunion of his 'Old Testament' band, including Lester Young. Despite the year in which it was filmed, the only "hard bop" or mainstream contemporary jazz of the day is a single, spiky performance by Monk (and Monk is really a genre unto himself, hardly representative of anyone else's movement). Jimmy Giuffre's chamber jazz is almost wildly out-of-place in this programme, as is the effort to somehow anoint him as the young prince to all this old jazz royalty. (Gerry Mulligan is prominent in the programme as well, but his presence is largely uncommented upon, and he fits in well with the old guys.) All this aside, what is left is a rare chance to see some of the then-living legends of 1930s jazz, reunited and doing what they do best. Red Allen's two numbers, particularly that rousing old Earl Hines chestnut "Rosetta", are a joy, with ample solo space for Coleman Hawkins and a truly astonishing Rex Stewart. But the highlight of the show are the two vocal features, by Jimmy Rushing, who is such an impressive gentleman that I wish I could just reach out and hug him, and Billie Holiday, who does an extended blues that is relaxed, pure and heartfelt. A swansong to her career that gives me tingles just thinking about it. This DVD belongs in the collection of all jazz fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A celebration of times past 5 Jan 2011
By Brad Bunnin - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great DVD, filled with superb musicians playing for each other. Anyone who loves the era and its music should own this remarkable set of performances. The Billy Holiday tracks are worth the cost al by themselves.
5.0 out of 5 stars I remember that Sunday afternoon..... 3 May 2014
By Richard G. Prosapio - Published on Amazon.com
...and profoundly wish this kind of programming still existed when it comes to really great jazz. A friend invited me to his home to see "This great jazz show that's coming on this Sunday." Well, there has NEVER been anything to top it. Somehow I had a VHS tape of it and later transferred it to DVD. Now I need to dust it off and see if it will play on modern equipment. Of course I have had the CD all along and plug into it now and then, but one of the things I most love about the video performance is watching Basie as he leans on the piano Monk is playing obviously enjoying what Monk has to say. This is, as far as I'm concerned, the show that captured the gods-of-jazz really great music in a rare visit to earth. It never happened before or since...it will never happen again. And despite the one critique I noted about Giuffre being "out of place", it seems to me he provided a window into what was happening in 1957, a bit of avant guard if you will, as a contrast to the really fine main-line sound of "old school"....none of it out-of-date even today.
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