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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Import
  • 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: Naxos of Canada Ltd.
  • Release Date: Sept. 26 2006
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
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  • ASIN: B000H9HWQ4
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Product Description

Product Description

DVD1 Just By Myself DVD2 Moanin' DVD3 I Remember Clifford DVD4 It's You Or No One DVD5 Whisper Not DVD6 A Night In Tunisia DVD7 Ny Theme / Bass – Jymie Merritt Drums – Art Blakey Piano – Bobby Timmons Tenor Saxophone – Benny Golson Trumpet – Lee Morgan / with booklet 20 pages

From the Contributor

JAZZ ICONS(tm) is an ongoing DVD series featuring full-length concerts and in-studio performances by the greatest legends of jazz, filmed all over the world from the 1950s through the 1970s. Beautifully transferred from the riginal masters, none of these concerts has ever been officially released on home video, and in many cases, the material was never broadcast. Each DVD is produced with the full support and cooperation of the artists or their estates. JAZZ ICONS(tm) comes to you from Reelin' In The Years Productions, GRAMMY Nominated producers of the American Folk Blues Festival DVDs 1962 - 1966.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b6a5f78) out of 5 stars 29 reviews
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b5a0f9c) out of 5 stars Blakey in his prime, with a heavyweight lineup Nov. 30 2006
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
This concert from November 30, 1958 is the only known film of the powerhouse quintet that recorded Blakey's landmark "Moanin'" album -- Blakey on drums, along with pianist Bobby Timmons, trumpeter Lee Morgan, saxophonist Benny Golson and bassist Jymie Merritt. Blakey is to some degree enigmatic (and poorly miked, alas...) but Timmons and Morgan emerge as remarkable up-and-coming players... Timmons shines on a warm version of his song, "Moanin'," which was the first big hit for Blakey's Jazz Messengers, while Morgan -- who was only twenty at the time! -- is simply stunning. Morgan's solo on "It's You, Or No One" is the kind of thing DVDs were made for -- I rewound it five times the first time I watched this disc, just trying to fathom how someone so young could have so much control over their instrument. Although the cinematography is a bit choppy throughout, once you settle into the film's rhythm, this disc yields quite a wealth of historical splendor. Blakey fans and hard bop aficianados will consider this one a must.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6a72c4) out of 5 stars Can't wait to see the other one's... What a TREASURE! Aug. 14 2007
By JoeyD - Published on Amazon.com
Amazing stuff! I had my reservations before purchasing this one, having never heard of these "Jazz Icons" DVD releases before. I was not expecting it to be all that great. Boy was I ever mistaken! After watching this, I can't wait to start purchasing the others in this series. Talk about hitting the mother lode! I can't believe how lucky I am to have discovered this treasure trove of classic jazz performances. The sound quality and camera work are excellent. And the live performance by this incredible quintet is awe-inspiring. I almost feel guilty that I only paid twenty bucks for this - an hour of great music plus a 20-page booklet featuring very well written and informative liner notes by Michael Cuscuna, a foreward by Takashi Taylor (Art's son) and some rare, excellent photographs to boot. Not a bad deal. I would have paid twice as much and been more than satisfied.

You are essentially buying an important piece of American history with this one. It is "the music that changed the world" according to Quincy Jones and while some may look upon that statement as a bit of hyperbole, I tend to agree with him. To see these five artists on film is something truly special for any jazz fan. To be able to watch the young, baby-faced Lee Morgan on trumpet, the austere, perfectionist Bobby Timmons on piano, the blissful and boisterous leader Art Blakey on drums, the reflective, reliable Jymmie Merrit on bass and the composed, temperate Benny Golson on sax... you can't tell me it gets much better than that! These cats play with such intentness, nothing too flashy, never flamboyant, it was all about business, all about playing proficiently and giving it your all.

Trust me folks, this one is a thing of beauty!
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6f0f00) out of 5 stars Best Blakey Video Available!! Jan. 3 2007
By Ravi H. Best - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best you will ever see by one of the greatest groups in jazz. Filmed shortly after the

recording of Moanin', the biggest selling Blue Note recording. This is the best video of Lee Morgan

that exitsts. The audio and video quality are flawless. It is a must have for any jazz lover or student of

the music. DO NOT PASS ON THIS!!! It is KILLIN'!!!
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b7e7318) out of 5 stars A Piece of Jazz History Oct. 17 2006
By Peter Gottfried - Published on Amazon.com
I have never been moved enough by a DVD performance to actually post an opinion urging others to buy it until now!

I play jazz drums as a hobby and one of my heroes is Art Blakey. I pounced on this when I saw it and was not disappointed. The video as well as the sound is flawless. The performances are incredible with each one being a highlight. Watch for Art's cymbal stand "pyrotechniques" at the end of "Night in Tunisia." Seeing the performance of "Moaning" was like watching history. Art and his Messenger's were swingin' hard!

Next up is Buddy Rich, Thelonius, Ella and then the rest. I am buying them all and urge you to do the same.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b3b87c8) out of 5 stars A Major Find!!!!-Bebop Heaven Oct. 7 2006
By H. Bloomfield - Published on Amazon.com
Of all the nine releases in the Jazz Icon series this one blows me away

Moanin on Blue Note was Blakey classic release and to now after 50 years I get to see the band that started my interest in Jazz

Lee Morgan,Benny Golson etc LIVE and UnRelease until now

This is jazz history at its best

The Jazz Icon people produces packages with all the right details

Gloriously filmed in Black and White, fantastic mono sound

A 20 page essay on Blakey and his band

A feast for bebopers everyware. get it !!!!!!!!

H Bloomfield


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