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From the creator of The Civil War, Baseball and many other acclaimed documentaries comes this epic series celebrating that most American of art forms, jazz. From its blues and ragtime roots through swing and into bebop and fusion, the growth of jazz is charted as you watch 75 interviews, more than 500 pieces of music and rare, unseen photos and footage! 10 DVDs. 2001/b&w/19 hrs/NR/fullscreen.
The DVD version of Jazz offers a "music information" mode, in which the title of a song is displayed when it is played in the film. Pressing the Title button jumps the viewer out of the film to a screen that lists that song's composer, performers (including all band members, not just the headliner), year of recording, and album and record company information when applicable (and no, all the credits are not to the series' own CDs). Another click of the Title button returns the viewer to the film. When music information mode is turned off, song titles are not displayed but the Title button still accesses the song credits. Each DVD's scene-selection menu lists only the 10 subchapters, but in fact each song is individually tracked (50 to 80 tracks per DVD).
The DVD set also includes three full-length performances not seen in the film: Louis Armstrong's "I Cover the Waterfront" from 1933, Duke Ellington's "C Jam Blues" from 1942, and Miles Davis's "New Rhumba" from 1959. Finally, the 16-minute documentary "Making of Jazz" provides insight into the production of the film. Ken Burns and producer Lynn Novick (who both admit their lack of musical training) discuss their process of researching and collecting materials, Wynton Marsalis mentions how he suggested to Burns the topic of jazz after the trumpeter became a fan of The Civil War, and narrator Keith David is shown recording his lines. --David Horiuchi
People are always so down on Ken Burns because they think he is an historian. He's not, even if he thinks he is. What he is is an archivist, and a pretty talented one at that. Read morePublished 21 days ago by michael
Amazing, I grew up on rock, and had no idea how exciting and passionate, or for that matter interesting Jazz was. Rock pales by comparison.
See for yourself!
Provides a broad perspective of the genre as it has evolved to current popularity.Published 2 months ago by Charles B Goldman
What a wonderful history of the music and people. Fantastic music includedPublished 2 months ago by Robert E. Feyerabend
One of my all time favorites that I watch over and over again, and I always learn something new. This is priceless!Published 2 months ago by Kermit
This is a classic, must see series from Ken Burns. Sit back and take it in.
My concern about watching this series on Amazon Prime has to do with the fact that I took a break... Read more
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|Most striking omissions||
Ray Charles [brief picture seen on wall in the end credits], Dinah Washington, Count Basie, Oscar Brown Jr, Max Roach, Quincy Jones etc etc the list goes on and on in terms of important Jazz artists who were missing.
Whole documentary is a pitiful waste of time & money. And best avoided [or... Read More
May 15, 2015 by Mr. P | See all 3 posts
|does this set include a music only disc, too?||
No this is only a 10 DVD (Video) set. You might still find the soundtrack on CD if you are lucky (several discs long).
Sep 18, 2011 by Eric Pregosin | See all 2 posts
|Subtitles and closed caption||
Asked and answered several times in the last decade. English captions only, no subbies.
Dec 27, 2010 by Eric Pregosin | See all 2 posts