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Jazz Icons: John Coltrane Live in '60, '61 & '65 (2007)

Eric Dolphy , Stan Getz  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Eric Dolphy, Stan Getz, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane
  • 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: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TNJIK6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,655 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As Ashley Kahn points out in his informative liner notes, there aren't many visual recordings of jazz giant John Coltrane in circulation--or, possibly, in existence. In capturing the saxophonist in three different phases in his too-brief career, this installment in the inestimable Jazz Icons video series performs a valuable service. The 92-minute DVD includes a 1960 performance in Dusseldorf, Germany, featuring Coltrane on tenor with his mates from Miles Davis's rhythm section, jamming on Miles's tunes; a 1961 performance in Baden Baden, Germany, with Coltrane on soprano and tenor, and Eric Dolphy on alto sax and flute, backed by pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Reggie Workman, and super-drummer Elvin Jones; and a surpassingly intense 1965 Belgium performance by "the Classic Quartet," with Jimmy Garrison replacing Workman. The black-and-white footage, some of it from broadcast sources, is sometimes striking, sometimes too shadowy (the dated camera effects, while evincing a certain period charm, still don't help). And a rare meeting of Coltrane and tenor great Stan Getz at the end of the Dusseldorf set is compromised by the poor miking of Getz. But we'll put up with such imperfections to hear the primal force of Trane's playing cut through the years, on songs ranging from "Autumn Leaves," to "Impressions," to "My Favorite Things." Trane lives. --Lloyd Sachs

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Jazz Icons: John Coltrane provides an epic 95-minute overview of a true giant of 20th-century music. Three separate shows reveal Coltrane's ascending creative arc from hard bop innovator as a member of the Miles Davis Quartet in 1960 to consummate bandleader in 1961 to unrivalled jazz visionary in 1965. This DVD not only features Trane's classic quartet with Elvin Jones (drums), Jimmy Garrison (bass) and McCoy Tyner (piano), but also spotlights him onstage with other jazz legends including Stan Getz, Eric Dolphy and Oscar Peterson. Includes mind-blowing versions of his signature tunes "My Favorite Things" and "Impressions".

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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Holy Grail September 11, 2007
What can be said about Trane that hasn't been said before? Well after watching this DVD, you probably won't say anything because your jaw will be hanging for an elongated period due to the bombarding attack that has just pierced your ears, eyes, and soul. Seriously guys, this is a SMOKIN' HOT DVD!! You get 3 sets: Germany-March 28 1960 with the 'Kind of Blue' band(Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, and Wynton Kelly), Germany-December 4 1961 with Eric Dolphy & Reggie Workman(Jimmy Garrison had not joined the band full time yet. This set was filmed a month after the famed Village Vanguard sets), & Belgium-August 1 1965 with the Classic Quartet of McCoy, Elvin, & Jimmy(This set was filmed a mere five days after their gig at the Antibes Jazz Festival in France, which was the only time A Love Supreme was performed in its entirety). This 3rd set is worth having the DVD alone. It showcases the Quartet at the height of their powers. A stunning all out 'Vigil' kicks off the 3 song set, with everyone absolutely feeding off each other. John then brings it down a couple of notches with his beautiful ballad 'Naima', and to go out with a bang(and two foot stomps), you get 21 minutes of pyrotechnics with 'My Favorite Things'. Thus ends the bombardment. This 3rd set is some of the heaviest playing I have ever heard, any band, any genre. And you can't classify it as just jazz, its actually progressive music. Just a year later Mike Bloomfield composed East-West while he was with the Butterfield Blues Band, seemingly carrying the progressive torch that John had lit. A year later you get Cream turning it upside down, then The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jaco, the list goes on. This is just me rambling.
GET THIS DVD!! Matter of fact, go for all the titles in the Jazz Icons series.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rapturous September 12, 2007
By B Goods
What an amazing piece of artistic history captured on film. The 1960 segment is some of the hardest swinging ever recorded. You have a Dream rhythm section- (Wynton Kelly, Mr. P.C. and Cobb) and Trane in a very transitional period stylistically. Absolutely brilliant.
The 1965 stuff is unreal, just when you think the band hits an apex in the pieces, it finds a 7th and 8th gear to go into almost telepathically. The music is so complex, yet so raw and exposed and presented without pretension that it really transcends classification or definition. Words can't be used to describe it. Skip the pizza and beer for a night and spend the cash on this instead.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Coltrane December 3, 2007
This is Coltrane at his peak:

(Germany, 1960)
On Green Dolphin Street
The Theme
Autumn Leaves / What's New / Moonlight in Vermont

(Germany, 1961)
My Favourite Things
Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye

(Belgium, 1965)
My Favourite Things

Leave it to Naxos to present these concerts on a high quality/low cost disk. Even the most casual jazz fan will love this.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Coltrane at his best September 11, 2007

This is some great stuff that they have dug out of the vaults. Seeing this rare John Coltrane footage is something to be hold. This dvd shows footage of 3 of Coltrane`s concerts from 1960, 1961, and 1965. All 3 shows smoke and gives you a chance to see these greats in top form. All I can say is purchase this dvd now.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic surreal performances February 11, 2008
These three black and white performances(two in Germany and one in Belgium) sport great performances by Coltrane, his quartet and guests Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz and Eric Dolphy. Wynton Kelly plays piano on the first track rather than McCoy Tyner. I was amazed at the quality of cinematography and editing. The last performance in Belgium in '65 has inspired performances all around and is visually stunning and surreal. Apparently, it was a very cold auditorium or outdoors. The performers' bodies, especially drummer Elvin Jones, literally steam!!! It was great to see how Coltrane's stage presence evolved from rather stilted to dynamic like a charismatic preacher. Things start a little slow and the bowed bass solos seem to add little, but the early Peterson solo and then all of the latter tracks blew me away! No interviews, no narration. Roughly 90 minutes of music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Giant steps September 30, 2008
This is the Coltrane live-performance DVD we've all been waiting for. Not only does it include the late saxophonist's famous 1961 German television appearance (in which the musicians play amidst a cool modernist steel-girder studio set), it also boasts ultra-rare footage of the Coltrane Quartet's dynamic set at a 1965 outdoor jazz festival in Belgium, a time when Trane was really pushing the avant-garde envelope. As if that weren't enough, this disc also presents a recently unearthed German TV broadcast from 1960, showing Coltrane playing with Miles Davis' rhythm section, plus guest artists Oscar Peterson and Stan Getz. The DVD is sequenced chronologically, and thus opens with Coltrane in concert with the Davis group (sans Miles). It's interesting to watch Coltrane holding himself back working within a more formal and less adventurous musical setting than the one he would soon adopt. He showcases his angular lyricism on several classic tunes included in the famous trumpeter's repertoire, playing beautifully with Davis' sidemen (Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb), but one can sense his impatience to break free of the group he'd been with for five years and hook up with more forward-thinking musicians. The 1961 TV performance finds him in the company of just such a group--pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones, bassist Reggie Workman and alto saxophonist/flutist Eric Dolphy--as they burn through inspired renditions of "My Favorite Things," "Every Time We Say Goodbye" and "Impressions." As the camera darts around the expressionistic set, Coltrane and his hand picked musicians lay down the new musical language that was already shaking jazz's foundations. After Dolphy left and Workman was replaced by Jimmy Garrison, Coltrane's sound ascended to an even higher level of experimentation. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i like it
Published 21 days ago by richard perel
5.0 out of 5 stars Dad Really LIked it
He said there was a lot of previously unseen video. Lots of studio in Germany from the 60's. I do recommend
Published 13 months ago by yellohalo
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz Icons: John Coltrane Live in '60, '61 & '65
This was bought as part of a collection I am assembling as a gift for a family member. Outstanding collections can be found on Amazon - which really surprised me. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Heidelberg Amer HS '70s
4.0 out of 5 stars Mildly Disappointed.
John Coltrane was one of my favorite artist. This DVD was OK, but it was mostly "black & white". Also it did not include one of my favorites "A Love Supreme".
Published 17 months ago by Jake
4.0 out of 5 stars A rare opportunity to see John Coltrane.
This series offers the rare opportunity to see people like Coltrane playing live in a time I was too young to see it and appreciate it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by J. Martello
5.0 out of 5 stars Check out Coltrane
Pay special attention to the version of "my favorite things". The band really expanded their harmonic range and it was very tasty! Read more
Published on April 12, 2011 by Steven Eric Earl
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master
Get this dvd NOW!!! The Great One at his finest...which is pretty much where he lived...
Published on October 18, 2010 by Uptown Guitar
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the Jazz Junkie and those aspiring to be!
I have come to realize that in this life there are two things that I regret. The first is not becoming a Jazz fan until after turning 30 (so many years wasted listening to... Read more
Published on December 28, 2009 by T. Patocka
5.0 out of 5 stars Trane lives
This is a very well-done DVD with three different groups led by Coltrane, including the classic Trane/Tyner/Garrison/Jones group that broke new ground in jazz. Read more
Published on November 15, 2009 by Armen S. Boyajian
5.0 out of 5 stars 95 minutes of utopia....but
If only the one more video shhot of the Antibes festival 1965 was on here as well they play and you can see them do A love Supreme then this dvd would of been one with the... Read more
Published on October 17, 2009 by My name is Mike
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