Filmed in Europe between 1962 and 1970, this collection of outstanding DVDs features some of the most dynamic and legendary giants of jazz music in their heyday accompanied by equally legendary sidemen! In vaults or forgotten for over four decades, this collection of seven DVDS and one bonus DVD caputures the intimate magic of these jazz musicians.
The Anita O'Day concerts date from 1963 and 1970, and give the viewing and listening audience insight into one of the greatest female jazz vocalists of the 20th Century. Among her classic presentations are "Sweet Georgia Brown," "Tea For Two," and other hit songs as only the late Anita O'Day could sing them.
Coleman Hawkins is seen as the acknowledged father of jazz saxophone and one of the most important innovators in jazz history. There are 140 minutes of superb jazz in this DVD.
Jimmy Smith is seen in a concert film at Paris, France during 1969 which included guitarist Eddie McFadden. The jazz organ work is superbly performed by one of the greatest of all jazz organists. "The Sermon," "Satin Doll," and "Alfie" are among the songs performed in this exciting DVD. Fans of Jimmy Smith will love this!
Woody Herman's big band concert in 1964 is perfectly fine as a showcase for Herman's band and himself, and the music swings! "After You're Gone" is one of many great songs in this DVD.
Art Farmer gives a standout performance from his 1964 concert and shows what a master can do with a flugelhorn. This DVD contains both classic standards and originals.
The Erroll Garner concerts come from 1963 and 1964. His trio performs his classic numbers and many favorites. "Misty" and "I Get A Kick Out Of You" are featured songs in this great DVD.
Art Blakey's concert recorded during 1965 at Paris, France is with many important sidemen performing alongside him, such as Freddie Hubbard on trumpet. Blakey's drum magic is stil the tops!
The bonus DVD contains other great performances. Each DVD includes a twenty-plus page booklet with informative and entertaining essays by important jazz historians plus photos. All seven performer titles will be sold separtely. The deluxe boxed set will contain the eighth DVD.
If you are an avid jazz listener, this material needs to be in your home library. Also, for a friend, spouse, companion, or lover, this is an ideal gift. It would be nice to have your local public library order the set for its jazz listening library patrons. This is a classic, perfect collection, one to be savored over and over, and to be shared with those who love jazz.
Get these memorable DVDs as soon as you can! Highly recommended in all respects. Classic jazz sounds.