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Jazz Icons - Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers: Live in France 1959


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  • Actors: Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Walter Davis, Jr.
  • Directors: Jean-Christophe Averty
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Mosaic
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007WE6QSW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,844 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

This DVD features Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, live from French TV, on Nov. 15, 1959. Included is a 12-page booklet with an essay written by an authoritative jazz historian as well as rare and unseen photos. This DVD is produced with the full support and cooperation of the artists or his estate, who, in most cases, are contributing rare personal photographs, memorabilia, and forwards.

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Walter Davis Jr. is on piano, this guy is great.
rayja
Coltrane is Coltrane, intense an almost spiritual set, great footage of the other band members.
drumsagogo
The sound and picture quality are quite good considering the age.
Carolyn E. Spilly

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rayja on July 29, 2012
Format: DVD
First off, I have only 3 of this 6 disc set. I will get the other three when they are available and I have the credits that I receive from my job. I got John Coltrane Live in France 1965. The tunes are; Naima, Ascension, Impressions, A Love Supreme, parts 1 & 2. This is a B & W, 52 minute DVD. There is only 12 minutes of A Love Supreme, the balance of the tapes were " lost ". The quality is very good, minimal artifacts from the original source. A lot of use of superimposed angle / views to give it a slick look for 1965. We have Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones. Great Stuff. Next, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers Live in France 1959. This is a 83 minute, B & W DVD. It is much better quality than the 1958 concert. It has some artifacts from the original, but not bad. It lacks that graininess that the 58 version has. We have Wayne Shorter, blowin' hot, Lee Morgan, always hot, I'll get anything with Lee Morgan in it. Walter Davis Jr. is on piano, this guy is great. Jymie Merrit on bass, great job and Art Blakey driving them on. This is a must have DVD. Then I have Johnny Griffin Live in France 1971. This is a 77 minute B & W DVD. It is filmed outdoors and has a somewhat " fuzzy " look to it, not as sharp as one would expect for 1971, but that said, the close-ups bring a much sharper view. We have Dizzy Gillespie on Hot House and a Night in Tunisia. Dizzy's blowing hot, as one would expect. Johnny Griffin is on fire as he always, Art Taylor on drums, Vince Benedetti on piano, and Alby Culaz on bass, all great. I can't wait to get the other 3, thanks again Jazz Icons for some great moments in history.
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By srfell17 on May 28, 2014
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This documentation of real modern jazz is a part of the greatest improvisational group that ever was
I like every second
Would recommend to everyone who likes excellent music.
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By drumsagogo on December 27, 2013
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I didn't love all of it, I gave the Monk DVD away, mainly because I'm a drummer and Monk is solo on his footage but others may love it for those reasons. Great to see Freddie Hubbard Johnny Griffin, I didn't realise how 'jazz/rock' they were in an acoustic genre, exiting stuff. Art if wonderfull of course though a bit repetitious. Coltrane is Coltrane, intense an almost spiritual set, great footage of the other band members. Roland Kirk, interesting as ever. As usual from Jazz Icon, a mixed set, but generally worth having if your into enough of the content.
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Put yourself in a time machine and travel back to 1959. This DVD is a musical and visual treasure of the music that changed the world of jazz. This group of Jazz Messengers is comprised of Lee Morgan, trumpet; Wayne Shorter, sax; Walter Davis, Jr, Piano, Jymie Merrett, bass; and of course, Art Blakey on drums. Songs are: 1. "Are you real?" , 2. What Know(a/k/a Goldie) 3. No Problem, 4. Bouncing with Bud, 5. Close Your Eyes 6. Along Came Betty, 7. Blues March, 8. Night in Tunisia.
At this time in 1959, Blakey's Messengers introduced 2 new members: Saxophonist, Wayne Shorter (who is now a household name)and Walter Davis, Jr, pianist who has so much to offer this group. Lee Morgan burns it up throughout the entire concert and Jymie Merritt works the bass with much soul and élan.
The sound and picture quality are quite good considering the age. So. If this is any indication of the other "Jazz Icons" on Mosaic, then sign me up for more.
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