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Jazz Icons: Series 2 Bonus Disc features unseen performances from four of the artists in the second series of Jazz Icons. This DVD, not sold separately, contains unique performances by John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Dave Brubeck and Sarah Vaughan only available in this boxed set.

BONUS DISC TRACK LISTING John Coltrane - Sweden 1962 - I Want To Talk About You. Dexter Gordon - Norway 1964 - I Want More. Dave Brubeck - Finland 1964 - Unisphere. Sarah Vaughan - Sweden 1967 - The Shadow Of Your Smile, What Now My Love, I Had A Ball.

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". . . every one of these is superb and worth owning. The audio and video on each hour-plus disc is crisp and clear as can be, plus every one is accompanied by a very illuminating booklet filled with photos, memorabilia and essays about each artist. . ." -- Mix Magazine, Blair's DVD Watch, November 2007

Checklist - Top Picks of the Week - The sound quality is first rate, and the performances are extraordinary. -- Newsweek- November 12, 2007

Grade: ***** (5 stars) -- Goldmine Magazine, March 2008

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

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck, Sarah Vaughan, Duke Ellington, Dexter Gordon
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Jazz Icons
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 573 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TNJINS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,882 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Absolutely stunning the way this was recreated to preserve America's original jazz.
R. L. Frost
This 8 DVD collection is outstanding, and given the age of the recordings, very decent - actually very good sound quality.
fitness principle
I'll watch this disk about another 100 times and still catch something new each time.
Carl C

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By DV on October 23, 2007
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I bought this set mainly for John Coltrane, the greatest musician I have ever heard. Naturally, I've listened to the Trane disc a bunch of times. Sometimes I started out watching with the intent to watch only 1 or 2 songs, but in the end I end up watching the whole thing again, I simply could not believe what I was watching and hearing. The 1960 set is actually the Miles Davis band (sans Miles), when John last toured with Miles. Stan Getz makes a one-off appearance with the band. As good as Stan is, this contrast between John & Stan just shows how miles ahead John was. He is the heavyweight champion. Stan looks towards John while he is soloing and can't believe what he's hearing either. The 1961 set features almost the classic quartet (Jimmy Garrision is not on board yet), as well as Eric Dolphy. McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones are the perfect match for John, as they are top-tier musicians in their own right and could easily lead their own bands. John's soloing is mesmerizing. It just doesn't seem that jazz could get any better ... the interplay and the solos are fantastic. But whoa, then there's the 1965 set, 4 years later. A LOT has changed. I can't really even describe it. John's career is like a supernova nearing the end. The intensity level is white-hot, the length of the solos are increasing, and the avant-garde aspects are creeping in. And yet, this is still the classic quartet (for a few more months). McCoy gives an impassioned solo in My Favorite Things. But the show belongs to John Coltrane, who redines virtuosity from year to year. I would NOT recommend newbies listen to the 1965 show first. You need to work your way up to it. The bonus disc features a single cut from a 1962 show.

I've watched a few of the other discs.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Carl C on September 26, 2007
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I have only viewed 3 of the DVD's in this set so far. First the man I consider the greatest jazz musician of all time, CHARLES MINGUS. The magic of seeing him in his prime again in 1964 with one of his greatest groups, consisting of the great Eric Dolphy just before his tragic passing,Clifford Jordon,Johnny Coles, Jaki Byard and of course the ever present Dannie Richmond is a slice of time and space that would have been seen and heard by so few if it wasn't for this great DVD. What a gift for all of us, young or old, to have the oppurtunity to enjoy these fantastic artist at the peak of their careers. The music, most of it composed by Mingus is inventive and exciting as always. Watch the expressions on the muscians faces. Priceless! Totally absorbed in the moment. My favorite on the disk--- Cut 11-- Meditations On Intergration. Dig the interplay between Dolphy on flute and Mingus on bowed bass. To great to put to words. I'll watch this disk about another 100 times and still catch something new each time. Worth the price of the total package alone.
Next up for me was Wes Montgomery. I never got to see him in person as I did see Mingus many times, so this was a special treat.You appreciate his playing even more when you visually watch him play.Effortlessly, but the ideas and music flow. His thumb (not pick) seem to barely touch the strings as he runs through the octaves like no one before or after him has done.My favorites--- Here's That Rainy Day, beautifull, and the swinging Twisted Blues, that really shows his fantastic style at his best.
WOW! I always regreted not seeing him during his short stay with us and never thought I would get the chance to see him play. Well thanks to the producers of Jazz Icons we all get to see him. This is close as you can get, and it should not be missed.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By fitness principle on October 8, 2007
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This 8 DVD collection is outstanding, and given the age of the recordings, very decent - actually very good sound quality. Digital audio isn't necessary for an outstanding and very good sounding set of music ... Q.E.D.

But why is the first set, Jazz Icons (2006), so much more expensive, providing only one more DVD and costing $159.99 vs. $89.99?

I would pick up the first 9 DVD set as well if the cost were more reasonable.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Coffman on November 2, 2007
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This is a historically significant collection of jazz videos! The visual and sound quality are excellent. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D.R.L. on April 15, 2012
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~ Others have posted fine reviews of this box set and the 7 individual videos contained therein; I refer you to those reviews for details of the 7 discs that comprise the bulk of this box set. However, some readers may be debating between buying the box set or the individual discs. To help you in that decision I have written a review of the Bonus Disc that is part of the box set, but not available for individual purchase. The publishers of the Jazz Icons series have elected to include in each box a Bonus Disc that contains performances that are not on the individual discs - so in that sense these performances are indeed a bonus. The bonus disc for this set contains an informative 9 page booklet, which gives the details of the where, when, and who recorded the performances along with a little historical background.
~ Relative to the Bonus Disc in Jazz Icon Set 3 and 4, this Bonus Disc is short - clocking in at only 36 minutes. However, the quality of the music more than compensates for the brevity.
~ The disc starts with Billy Ecksine's classin "I Want to Talk About You" played beautifully by the classic John Coltrane Quartet of Coltrane on tenor sax, McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), Elvin Jones (drums). The quality of the video and cinematography on this 19 November 1962 concert recorded in Sweden are not up to Jazz Icons' usual standards (and that may explain this being relegated to the bonus disc) but the sound is very good.
~ Dexter Gordon offers up "I Want More" in a 30 July 1964 concert recorded in Norway. Video and audio quality are very good. Dexter on tenor sax is backed by Tete Montoliu (piano), Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass), and Alex Riel (drums).
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