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Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers live in '58 (Jazz Icons) [Import]

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Product Details

  • 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(0x9865cf60) out of 5 stars 32 reviews
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x987b6744) 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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x984f7fa8) 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!
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98144294) 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(0x984ec4b0) 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98145b7c) out of 5 stars Pure Magic! May 28 2012
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
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I cannot count the times I've listened to Moanin' (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition), wishing that I could have been at that session. My reasons are the line-up, and especially Lee Morgan paired with Benny Golson. And, of course, Art Blakey, Bobby Timmons and Jymie Merritt holding down the rhythm section on drums, piano and bass. It was a dream line-up and a short-lived one.

This video does the next best thing - captures that same line-up in a live performance. In fact, being there - even via a video - at a live performance would easily satisfy my wish as a fan.

My favorite segment on this video is Lee Morgan playing Benny Golson's I Remember Clifford. To me that was a musical and emotional high point. Of course, Bobby Timmons playing his own composition, Moanin', and Merritt's bass solo caught my attention. That segment lasted fifteen minutes and everyone contributed to it being a masterpiece.

No Jazz Messenger performance would be complete without Night in Tunisia. Blakey was absolutely explosive.

Let me preface that this is am amazing video that will please any fan or jazz musician. Now for the quibbles: there is no scene indexing on this DVD. You have one option: play. I can live with that because the booklet that comes with this video far exceeded my expectations for being informative. It, alone, is almost worth the price of the DVD. I was so into this performance that I was disappointed that it ended after only 55 minutes. On the other hand, 55 minutes of Jazz Messenger playing is like triple that of any other ensemble because Blakey's energy and drive spurred on any line-up and pushed them to their limits. In the case of this particular line-up, they put their hearts and soul into it - and it shows.