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Count Basie:Norman Granz Jazz

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  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • Release Date: Sept. 7 2004
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002P193U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,478 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for all jazz fans and serious piano music lover April 17 2005
By Warren Wen - Published on Amazon.com
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Here in this DVD you can appreciate Oscar Peterson at his prime. The performance is just brillant and inspiring as always--jazz virtuoso piano as good as it gets indeed.

The camera captured his finger works at amazing pace and grace form different angles. The picture quality is not as sharp as Trio '77 DVD but you soon forget about it once the music starts. Both Trio '77 and Solo '75 are supreme performance but in solo'75 you really can see how good his left hand is compared to most other jazz pianists. By the way,the CD "Solo: Live" is another must have for all O.P fans as Oscar Peterson really plays when doing the one man show. This is also the only video footage I have seen so far including the Blues Etude--one of his early composition( in the last segment of the show but did not mentioned in the song title).

I am still waiting for the release of Oscar Peterson In Tokyo(1983)previously released by Pioneer Laser Disc. That will be the show to watch--with Joe Pass,Niels Pedersen and Martin Drew.
But berfore that, get both 1975 and 1977 show.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oscar Peterson at His Best Sept. 17 2004
By Vic Chester - Published on Amazon.com
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I just received the Oscar Peterson Trio '77 DVD which is part of the Norman Granz Jazz In Montreux series. I must admit at first I was skeptical about what I would be receiving for a price of under $10. Well, I am more than pleased with this excellent representation of Oscar during his prime years. The video starts with three solo selections by Oscar, a very neat arrangment of Falling in Love with Love (unlike recent recordings with the quartet), Old Folks and Indiana. The master of the ivory's is then joined by not one but two of the finest bass players around, Niels Pedersen and the late Ray Brown. Each take sections on the remaing six tracks along with Oscar's lightening fast playing.

If you are an Oscar fan you will appreicate the left hand work performed in stride fashion and the 32nd or perhaps 64h note playing by the right hand. There is no drummer on these recordings and with the amount of music generated by Oscar, Ray and Niels it's not missed.

I highly recommend this addtion to your OP collection.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Been There, Seen It Before, Heard It Before - Still Love It! Oct. 28 2004
By Robert H. Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
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From 1960 through 1986, I've been the lucky audience member of over a dozen Ella concerts (certainly would have gone to more, if they were available - location wise). To this end, I feel that I've developed the essential experience to critique Miss Fitzgerald's performance.

We'll start with near the end first. I heard Ella perform "Flying Home" in Boston around the same time of this recording. I felt like I was viewing the same performance of one of her most fantastic scat sessions - and there have been many - "How High the Moon", "Lady Be Good", "Stomping at the Savoy." "Basella" was a variation of Ellington's "C-Jam Blues" which Ella has done in prior concerts with similar and exciting aplomb - she coaxes the best out of her co-performers and they coax the best out of her.

The first five tracks, backed by the Basie "congregation" (Ella refers to this as orchestra - I think it's a band), are well crafted and executed performances by Ella and the band. The combo sessions follow with a superb version of "Dindi" which offers a far better reading of this song in comparison to her Jobim songbook offering.

There is so much offered in this recording. I would only hope that, somewhere, there is more recorded Ella to enjoy.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz great June 9 2007
By S J Buck - Published on Amazon.com
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Mary Lou Williams is probably the greatest female Jazz instrumentalist in the history of the music. This concert from 1978 give the chance to see her playing solo.

The predominant style here is blues and gospel which was probably where her roots were anyway. She was however an extremely versitile musician so you will also hear rhapsodic moments along with fast stride and even hints of more modern playing styles (such as on Over The Rainbow). Remember Mary Lou Williams once played with Cecil Taylor.

The full list of tunes played is:

Medley: The Lord is Heavy/Fandangle/N.G. Blues/For the Figs/Baby Bear Boogie/Roll'Em

Over the Rainbow

Offertory Meditation

Tea for Two

Little Joe from Chicago

The Man I Love

What's Your Story Morning Glory

Honeysuckle Rose

This is a tremendous solo Piano performance by a Jazz great.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you look in the dictionary under "swing" ... March 1 2005
By Laurie Eno - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
... as in "jazz", there should be a picture of this DVD alongside the definition, because when Ella and the Count Basie stable of supremely talented musicians get going, this is out of SIGHT. Ella was still swinging strong in '79; some say she was actually at the apex of her career, and this performance is fine support for that argument.

The title *is* misleading, as Count Basie is only stage for a few numbers, but for my money this is worth it just to have one of the best Ella performances ever in your personal library. Cheaper than a concert ticket, and you can watch it over and over and over again ... which you will, if you are a fan of the First Lady of Song.

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