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This review is from: Jazz On A Summer's Day [DVD] [NTSC] (DVD)
There have been few films about jazz as evocative as this one. Bert Stern brought to this, his first documentary, his remarkable photographer's 'eye' and a wonderful feel for his subject.
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.