Jazz Shots - East Coast Vol. 1 NR


Live performances at clubs, festivals and TV studios from Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Phil Woods, Duke Ellington, Keith Jarrett, Ahmad Jamal and more.

1 hour, 33 minutes

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Genres Music
Director MVD
Studio MVD Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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"Jazz Shots from the East Coast" is a collection of jazz videos. On volume 1, the selections are uneven given the balance of legends, obscure gems and unknowns. Mostly coming out of public domain vaults, the video quality is poor. No attempt was made remaster these selections. Fortunately the audio quality is on average, good. The first two songs feature the Bill Evans Trio. The second song is his great, 'Waltz for Debby.' Next up is the Ahmad Jamal Trio on grainy black and white. The third act features a forgettable performance by the Phil Woods Quartet. Thelonious Monk is the first heavy hitter on "Jazz Shots from the East Coast." While it's rough footage, it's still a treat to see Monk play live. The band plays a good version of 'Blue Monk,' complete with Monk's signature foot floppin'. Keeping the theme, Johnny Griffin next plays 'Monk's Dream.' Despite what seems to be a lousy VHS transfer, it's actually a good retelling. Oscar Peterson's performance is one of the video's gems. On the keys, Peterson is spellbinding! This is vintage footage from the glory days. Fortunately, the editors included three Duke Ellington songs. Most likely from '40s, the cinematography on the first two songs is precious. Through audio hiss, the orchestra plays 'Mood Indigo' and 'Sophisticated Lady.' In contrast, 'Take the A Train' is played by a trio. Ellington's amazing phrasing as a pianist comes through on all three selections. The strangest material here is by Keith Jarrett's group. Beginning with 'Tagore,' Jarrett plays the piano's interior strings. Packed with flower power free jazz, 'Passin' Thu' shows what experimental jazz in the '60s was all about. There is very little remaining footage of this fleeting moment in jazz history. Jimmy Smith follows the freak out.Read more ›
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