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Jumpin' and Jivin', Vol. 1

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Product Description

See and hear 27 rare performances by the giants of swing-era jazz

JUMPIN & JIVIN
Volume 1

From the hidee-hidee-hidee-hi of Cab Calloway to the swingin sounds of Artie Shaw, see and hear performances of timeless classics by the jazz greats of the 1940s and 50s. Culled from an archive of rare short films called the first music videos many made for Soundie machines, the visual jukeboxes of the era this collection allows you to experience jazz as it was performed in the nightclubs and music halls where it was born. You ll be jumpin and jivin to the sounds of Louis Jordan ( Honey Chile ), Fats Waller ( Ain t Misbehavin ), Honeysuckle Rose, Your Feet s Too Big ), the Count Basie Orchestra ( Take Me Back Baby ), Gene Krupa ( Let Me Off Uptown ), the Delta Rhythm Boys ( Take the A Train ), the Treniers ( It s Rock, It s Roll, It s Swing ), Dizzy Gillespie ( Oop Bob Sh Bam ), Lena Horne ( Unlucky Woman ), Billy Eckstein ( Rhythm in a Riff ), Duke Ellington ( Sophisticated Lady ), and many more.

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Review

Goodtime music from start to finish, and 60 years later has lost none of its power to raise a smile and make you dance. -- AllAboutJazz.com, June 2007

Soundies are fascinating time capsules not only of music but of social history, dance styles and fashions in 1940s America. -- Washington Post, June 2007

This DVD is amazing! The kind of release that is music to a cinephile's ears. -- MovieWeb, June 2007

This is great stuff -- not just historically speaking, but musically, as well -- and I can't wait for Volume 2. -- The Times Union (Albany, NY), July 2007

This treasure trove of jazz performances certainly belongs in the collection of every true aficionado of jazz. -- Big Band Report

Well worth the effort. My TV is still jumping. -- Brattleboro Reformer

Special Features

  • Printed program notes

Product Details

  • Actors: Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Lena Horne, Artie Shaw, Louis Jordan
  • Directors: Eric Kulberg
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NVKZVU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,284 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James R. Rohrer on March 19, 2010
Format: DVD
I bought this DVD at a bargain store, intending to use it to teach American cultural history. It certainly is a fascinating and immensely illuminating cultural timepiece that brings to life aspects of American society that the music alone does not so clearly convey. To see these musicians performing live, and in their prime, adds to my enjoyment of the music. Given the age of the recordings, I did not expect very much visual or sound quality, but I was very much surprised by how crystal clear both generally are. I do not understand the review that claims that some selections are almost unwatchable. I have viewed the video through multiple times, and have been impressed by how clean the visuals are and how clear the music is. Whether you are interested in the historical significance, or more interested in enjoying great music performed by some of the most gifted musicians of the 20th century, you will be glad if you purchase this DVD. Cab Calloway and Lena Horne alone are worth the price, but I also was blown away by Fats Waller.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ruvayn on May 10, 2009
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The 1940's saw the advent of the first video jukeboxes, actually small film monitors set up at bars, restaurants and other assorted venues. The films produced for these machines were called "Soundies". Despite mediocre production values and distracting cutaways, these miniatures provide a fascinating cultural window, as well as glimpses of some of the top jazz and pop performers of the day. This collection brings together a couple of dozen such performances. The problem is the source materials have so deteriorated that, several of the films are either unwatchable or unlistenable. Acorn Media appears not to have done any restoration. And, as far as I know, this stuff is all Public Domain now, so their costs were near nonexistant to begin with. So, if you value your media shekels, be forewarned. Still, if you spot this at your local library as I did, by all means take a gander at a sound and a time long passed and nearly forgotten.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Johnson on August 20, 2009
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I recently reviewed the work, in his prime in the 1960s, of jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery. There I noted that my interest in jazz, as such, was at the many places where jazz and the blues intersect. This volume of jazz- centered music from the big band era of the 1940s is a prime example of that statement. Not all of the twenty plus "soundies" (the old time version of MTV-type music videos for the benefit of the younger reader) from the 1940s and early 1950s here derives from the blues but a good number do. The compilers of this DVD have put, in one place at one time, many of the best big bands from that era, including Duke Ellington, Billy Eckstine and Count Basie. The production values on some of the material is not great but you are getting this for its look at cultural history, warts and all.

Moreover, there are two performers who perked my interest from the blues perspective. One was the incredible performances of Mr. Cab Calloway in his classic "Minnie The Moocher" and the, well, bluesy "Blues In The Night". I last recall seeing old Cab in the original John Belushi "Blues Brothers" film from the 1980s. That was nothing compared to these performances in his prime. Watch this. The other outstanding performance here is from Lena Horne. Yes, I know, I am supposed to be true-blue to Ms. Billie Holiday. And I am. Except last year I heard Lena doing "Stormy Weather" on a 1940s CD compilation and was blown away. Here on her "soundie" "Unlucky Woman" she does so again. So call me perfidious, okay.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Music Lady on September 5, 2009
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This DVD contains rare performances by the legends of jazz. This DVD has a lot of hits from the 1940s and 50s. This DVD has saved me countless hours of searching for individual DVD's and not to mention how money I've saved as well on such a rare find.
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By B. Ault on January 6, 2013
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If you're interested in seeing some music legends from a bygone era, buy this. Cab Calloway, Gene Krupa, Lena Horne, Duke Ellington, Louis Jordan and Fats Waller are great as always. But the young Dizzy Gillespie. smiling and leading a band with an un-bent horn (in "Oo Bop Sh Bam") is a discovery.

Also, my goodness, The Treniers! Some have called them the first rock n' roll band. They inspired Bill Haley when he was still doing country. They're one of the most dynamic acts I've ever seen, at times slipping briefly into a joyful weirdness I didn't expect. I've been hunting for more clips ever since.

Yes, the quality is iffy, but that's life. Yes, a couple of the acts are pretty stiff. It's still very worthwhile, especially for $9.95.
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By Zorrito53 on August 20, 2014
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I agree with Randy's review. There are some great film clips here from classic jazz musicians. Just the collection itself is worth a 5-star. There are some nice hip-hop/swingin' dancing that was fun to watch. However, it's the DVD quality that totally brings it down. Yes, these clips should have been restored/remastered AND some background information would have been excellent, such as: date of recording and vocalists names. My question is: What happened to Volume 2?
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