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Jazz - A film by Ken Burns[Region 2 UK DVD]

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  • Directors: Ken Burns
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Go Entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 22 April 2013
  • Run Time: 728 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BHIY6FO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,439 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Filmmaker and Emmy Award-winner Ken Burns presents JAZZ, the history of America's greatest original art form.

More than music history, JAZZ raises questions central to twentieth century life. Over twelve hours, the history of jazz is told chronologically through the biographies of the men and women who created it, including legends Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington as well as many other pioneering artists.

Like THE CIVIL WAR and PROHIBITION, JAZZ combines rare and never before seen footage and still images intercut with evocative live cinematography.

This documentary is a must-watch for fans of Ken Burns and will appeal to anyone interested in jazz music and African- American culture.
Includes a special featurette on the making of JAZZ with behind the scenes and an interview with Ken Burns, making it a real collector s item.
Released to tie in with British television broadcast on PBS America (Sky channel 166 and Virgin Media 243).

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Ken Burns is one of the eminent documentary makers of the last 50 years, directing and producing some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made.
Awards and Nominations: Twelve Emmy Awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award, Two Oscar and one BAFTA nominations.
Named the most influential documentary maker of all time by Real Screen Magazine.

"Without doubt, the best researched and produced jazz programme ever."
The Observer

This is as good a history as we re likely to see on TV .
THE GUARDIAN.

It is one of those series worth recording in its entirety .
THE TIMES.

The material is fascinating, the research is awesome and no jazz lover should miss this .
DAILY MAIL.

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The BBC, sceptical about the British appetite for extended documentary programmes, edited Ken Burns' epic 17-hour history Jazz back to around 12 hours. That's what's presented in this box set of the series, and while the flow of the original is preserved, so are its idiosyncrasies. The film dwells at length on early jazz, particularly on its origins in New Orleans, and there's a good deal of absorbing history here. On the other hand, in suggesting that the important work of jazz was done by 1975, Burns gives us cause to question how much of his earlier research is awry too. There isn't much here to reflect the brimming vitality of post-1960s jazz, and many listeners and musicians have been enraged by Burns' neglect of such pivotal figures as Joe Zawinul, Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Pat Metheny and Michael Brecker--all players whose work responds vigorously to the question that Burns thinks nobody can answer: "Where are the modern equivalents of Armstrong, Ellington, Parker and Coltrane?"

Armstrong and Ellington are the touchstones of Burns' film, providing the narrative thread around which the stories of other major figures turn, among them Bechet, Basie, Goodman, Parker, Miles Davis and Coltrane. Burns also finds populist mileage in the politicisation of jazz, making dramatic capital out of racial divides that most jazz players, black and white, have ignored. The fact is that almost all jazz players, regardless of race, have felt like outsiders. Despite such distractions, Jazz is the longest jazz documentary yet produced, and it's rich in musical examples and classic, rare and unseen footage. Even when working with simple stills, Burns uses seductive camera work and Keith David's epigrammatic narration to maximum effect. There's plenty to enjoy here, but viewers should be aware that Burns' film is an often compelling perspective on jazz, not a definitive study. --Mark Gilbert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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