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Jazz Masters: Volumes 1 And 2 - 1958-61 [DVD] [2003]

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  • Actors: Thelonious Monk, Henry 'Red' Allen, Count Basie, Billie Holiday
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Warner Music Vision
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jun. 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008V6YW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,412 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A double bill of vintage jazz. Volume One is a compilation of live material from some of the post-war jazz greats, taken from a one-off concert which gathered together the all the major players on the jazz scene. Includes one of Billie Holiday's final performances. Whilst Volume Two looks at the works of four great trumpet and saxaphone jazzmasters, from 1960-1961, Ahmad Jamal, Ben Webster, Gil Evans and the late great Miles Davis.

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This DVD has the most jazz stars I have seen in 1 film.
Starts with Count Basie band With the Saxes - Coleman Hawkins,
Ben Webster,Gerry Mulligan & Probably Marshall Royal.
With Jo Jones on drums 7 full brass section. Then Billie Holliday backed by Hawkins,Webster, Mulligan & Lester Young. Then Theolonius Monk Trio. Then Ben Webster Group, finishing up with
Miles Davis Quintet,including John Coltrane & a brass choir.
FABULOUS for Jazz Fans
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Absolutely agree with the other reviewer. Superb music brilliantly played, plus an emotional performance by Billie Holiday. What really struck me was that I could watch these artistes, especially Miles Davies and his band, in their prime.
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By S J Buck TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 July 2006
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This is a fabulous collection. However one track stands out above the rest and that is Billie Holidays performance of 'Fine & Mellow'.

This is one the most famous filmed performances in Jazz history. Even though its very near the end of her career, her performance is emotionally moving and musically perfect. She is helped by 8 of the finest soloists you'll ever hear. Two musicians on Fine & Mellow stand out for differing reasons. Firstly Lester Young, again near the end of his career, plays a typically beautifully melodic solo. Secondly Roy Eldridge who on his second chorus goes for the high notes in classic jam session style.

There are many other performances that make this DVD worth buying:

Monk (with Count Basie watching) playing Blue Monk.

Miles with John Coltrane.

You cannot go wrong with this disc, its worth the money for the Billie Holiday track alone. With another 95mins of top quality Jazz from some of the greatest performers ever, its an essential purchase.
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Whether it is Count Basie's orchestra, augmented by some illustrious guests (Coleman Hawkins, Gerry Mulligan...) or Billie Holiday in a beautiful jam session featuring Lester Young, Roy Eldridge, Hawkins, Webster and other giants, this DVD is essential for all jazz fans.
More traditionally inclined listeners can enjoy remarkable Henry "Red" Allen's All Stars which include not only Rex Stewart but also Pee Wee Russell (a footnote: both Allen and Russell are to inovative, original and idiosyncratic to be merely called dixielanders).
For the modernists, check out extended and elaborate performances by Miles Davis from the era he was on the cutting edge of developments in jazz (first he plays with Coltrane and then with Gil Evans' "big band"), but equally intriguing are the contributions by Ahmad Jamal and Thelonious Monk.
My interest in jazz spans all of the above; it is only Jimmy Giuffre contribution I don't like on this DVD.
Since these are classic performances by artists such as Jimmy Rushing (singing with Basie's All Stars Big Band, Monk, Davis or Webster and since these lovely notes produced by Holiday and Prez can be considered their swan song, this DVD should be bought by all jazz fans without hesitation.

Television is notorious for lowering the IQ of viewers but this comes somewhere from outer space...
Oh; did I mention that great drummer Jo Jones gives soul and spirit to many of the performances?
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In my opinion this is the greatest jazz ever captured by a camera. The standout tracks is the eccentric pianist Thelonious Monk playing his classic «Blue Monk», and Billie Holiday in her own composition «Fine and Mellow». This was not only one of her last performances, but also the last time she performed together with her lifelong friend/soulmate/lover Lester Young. When he solos, it's almost as you can see his notes touching her. In addition you get an extra disc with additional material, a.o. an excellent performance of "So What" by Miles Davis.The soundtrack from the original "Sound of Jazz"-show was reissued on CD by Sony in 2000, in a recording done separately from the TV-show. Thelonious Monk was not present on that session, but I feel all the same a little let down by Sony, since they couldn't find space to include his recording from the TV-show as a bonus track. Anyway, the CD has excellent liner notes and a very good reproduction of the original LP-cover. Buy without reservation!
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