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Jazz Icons: Dave Brubeck Live in '64 & '66 (2007)

Dave Brubeck , Joe Morello  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dave Brubeck, Joe Morello, Eugene Wright, Paul Desmond
  • Format: Best of, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Jazz Icons
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,663 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Jazz Icons is doing for jazz what the Criterion Collection has done for classic and important films". -- Jazz Times

Jazz Icons represents the new millennium's most welcome shot in the arm for the music's soul --, October 14, 2007, Gene Seymour

Product Description

Jazz Icons: Dave Brubeck boasts two beautifully filmed concerts from one of the most beloved quartets in jazz history. Captured at the pinnacle of their power and popularity, Paul Desmond (alto sax), Joe Morello (drums), Eugene Wright (bass) and Dave Brubeck (piano) explore the trails they blazed into the realm of odd time signatures with "Forty Days" and two versions of their groundbreaking hit "Take Five", as well as forays into world music with two unique interpretations of "Koto Song". Their intimate onstage chemistry and impeccable musicianship made the DBQ an award-winning jazz supergroup.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Wonderful European TV September 10, 2007
First of all, the music - this is really excellent playing by the "Classic Quartet" of Brubeck, Desmond, Gene Wright and Joe Morello. They were at the top of their game as a group at this time and obviously enjoying themselves and the ways they could think up to interact creatively on admittedly familiar material. Brubeck is often under-rated as a pianist, but he is fascinating here, bold and percussive on one tune, delicate on others. Also frequently under-valued is Morello, but he could swing in all meters and contributes some excellent solo work.

A special treat is the video quality. Anyone who owns any of the first set of Jazz Icons DVDs will expect the clarity of late Fifties through 1970 European TV. After all, their technology was a decade "behind" ours; in other words, newer and better. What's great about these two concerts (especially the first) is the manner in which the cameras are used. In particular, the studio camera-persons and director in Belgium are every bit as artful as Gjon Mili was in his work with Norman Granz' cats in the 1940s. The German concert has a live audience and more straight-forward camera angles, but only pales by comparison with the first concert - it's still clear, often imaginative work.

Highly recommended, especially if you are NOT necessarily a big Brubeck Quartet fan. You'll likely convert.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Quartet in solid form. October 18, 2007
The DVD features two shorter sets of the Quartet. There is some overlap of material between the two sets, but differences in treatment keep the selections from seeming repetitive.

The DVD comes with an adequate booklet, but little detail about the concerts from which the footage is taken (hardly surprising, given the sheer number of performances by the Quartet). The DVD has very little to offer for extras, other than the simple main menu. I believe this is the norm for the series, however.

While it would have been nice to have more background on the performances, or more extras, this DVD is absolutely a must for fans of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Watching (as opposed to being limited to simply listening to) the byplay among the players is fascinating and worth every penny. This is especially true given the relatively modest cost of the DVD.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brubeck '64 and '67 April 14, 2008
I am a Brubeck connoiseur and have most of any available recordings. This video was a real surprise and better than I had hoped for. The black and white film has been done carefully if a little static, and the soundtrack is remarkably good. The Quartet is at their height and it's a blast to watch them play. It would be great if another such film turned up. Also, there must be other live concert recordings in existence which I would love to own.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Trip down Memory Lane December 11, 2007
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I've been a fan of the Brubeck Quartet -- and particularly Paul Desmond -- for fifty years; I saw this same quartet (with I think Joe Benjamin on bass instead of Eugene Wright) when I was 16 years old. This video has a beautifully photographed studio performance along with concert recordings, and to see the interactions of the group and hear the beautiful and creative playing of Desmond made the purchase of this video worth every penny. Morello's drumming remains spectacular from both a musical and visual perspective. I was delighted with my purchase of this video.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another time machine from Jazz Icons July 13, 2008
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The Brubeck quartet of the 1950s through the mid-1960s is possibly the most popular jazz quartet of all time, and this DVD is a wonderful representation of the group at its best. Five songs were recorded in a Belgian TV studio in 1964 and five were performed for a packed auditorium in Berlin in 1966 and recorded for TV. Judging from this and the other offerings in the Jazz Icons series, Europeans in the 1960s were seeing far more American jazz on TV than Americans were.
Watching jazz artists perform conveys subtleties that are lost in audio-only presentations. In this collection, we witness four gentlemen who clearly enjoy what they're doing together. Brubeck can be seen looking attentively, even admiringly, at the other members of the quartet (especially Paul Desmond) as they solo. Desmond, who was not the flashiest but may have been the smoothest saxophonist in the annals of jazz, plays with his eyes closed most of the time, and upon finishing his solos he compulsively tightens the ligature on his mouthpiece and then folds his hands over his instrument to await his next playing opportunity. Joe Morello is fun to watch too, as drum solos are always more interesting when the visual component is present.
Two tunes, "Take Five" and "Koto Song," are repeated in these performances, but that's not a problem because it demonstrates how different two renditions of the same material can be. This is jazz, after all.
The 24-page booklet is a good read, a little bit of jazz history covering the players, the tunes, and life on the road. Most of it is written by Brubeck's son Darius, with a couple of pages by Desmond biographer Doug Ramsey. Good assortment of pictures too.
Thanks again to the people who produce the Jazz Icons series. They've given us a musical time machine, and in this particular case, it even includes 3/4 and 5/4 time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz Icons, a grand slam June 28, 2008
By rayja
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This is the third, and best in visual and audio quality
of this series, that I have seen, so far. Although this DVD is in black and white, this quality production will
make you wish all vintage footage could be this good.
If you have longed to see and hear the sound of the
Dave Brubeck Quartet, you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Like finding a rare gem buried for decades.
Published 11 days ago by Sean Santoro
5.0 out of 5 stars dave brubeck fan
I enjoy his albums for years and this one is a great one to get if you like dave brubeck.
Published 27 days ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
5.0 out of 5 stars Late Great Dave Brubeck in concert.
Vintage work by late jazz icon, Dave Brubeck. No one since J.S. Bach developed contrapuntal music this much. Delightful adventure in melody and time(s).
Published 1 month ago by G. Kendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful addition to your jazz collection
Fabulous recording of two European shows. The Dave Brubeck Quartet didn't perform their music the same way each time. Each performance had a different feel. Read more
Published 3 months ago by petey2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The '64 Belgium show is simply amazing...
As other reviewers have pointed out, the audio and video are both surprisingly clean and crisp. The camaraderie, improvisations, and connections are beautiful to behold, especially... Read more
Published 4 months ago by sansai
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dave Brubeck Quartet at its best!
Highly recommendable DVD featuring the famous quartet in a studio session in Belgium and live in Germany (black&white, from TV shows). Read more
Published 5 months ago by C. Hagel
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz
I belong to a jazz group and it was my turn to go the presentation. It went well. and enjoyed by all/
Published 11 months ago by Estelle Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Brubeck !
A gift for my brother....and it is a classic for any Brubeck fan. Got this to remember the greatest Jazz group ever.
Published 18 months ago by M. Tate
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz icons
Absolutely fab footage of the amazing Brubeck Quartet. Bought this for my son who is a jazz freak! He was not disappointed.
Published 19 months ago by Alison
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tribute to the late Brubeck
Good camera coverage and excellent sound, but two tunes repeated. However they were good variations
of two very popular numbers.
Published 21 months ago by Bryan Milligan
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