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Norman Granz Jazz In Montreux Presents Count Basie Jam '75 (2004)

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  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Full Screen
  • 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: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002P193U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,416 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Tracks: Billie's Bounce, Montreux Blues I, Lester Leaps In, Montreux Blues II
  • Portrait of Norman Granz, narrated by Nat Hentoff
  • Portraits by David Stone Martin
  • Pictures by George Brunschweig

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Norman Granz is one of the most important non-musicians in the history of jazz and no one has made a greater contribution to the staging, recording and filming of jazz concerts. This series of performances from the prestigious Montreux Jazz FestivalTM now makes a part of this legacy available on dvd for the first time. The "jam" is one of the great traditions of jazz and when you have a line up like this 1975 concert you can really see why. The great Count Basie is in charge of proceedings from the piano and is aided and abetted by the likes of Niels Pedersen on bass, Louis Bellson on drums, Milt Jackson on vibraphone and Roy Eldridge on trumpet and saxophone. It’s pure jazz magic.Billie’s Bounce Roy Eldridge, Count Basie, Johnny Griffin, Niels Pedersen, Louis Bellson & Milt Jackson Montreux blues I Johnny Griffin & Milt Jackson Lester leaps in Johnny Griffin, Milt Jackson Roy Eldridge, Niels Pedersen & Louis Bellson Montreux blues II Roy Eldridge, Milt Jackson & Johnny Griffin

Swing, blues, and improvisation--the central components of jazz--are in full effect on Norman Granz Jazz in Montreux Presents Count Basie Jam '75. No one, but no one, could swing with more ease than pianist-bandleader Basie, who, as part of a rhythm section that also includes the great drummer Louis Bellson and bassist Niels Pedersen, provides rock-solid backing for the front line of trumpeter Roy Eldridge, tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, and vibraphonist Milt Jackson. There are no frills here, and no surprises; we're watching six superb musicians jamming the blues, including two standards ("Billie's Bounce" and "Lester Leaps In") and two "Montreux Blues" improvised for the occasion. Griffin has a full, tough style reminiscent of Coleman Hawkins, while Eldridge is a bit more elliptical and Jackson (one of the instrument's two principal exponents in the 20th century, along with Lionel Hampton) is in typically fine form; all three solo at considerable length while the rhythm section swings tirelessly behind them. The visuals lack a certain crispness, but the remastered sound is excellent, and critic Nat Hentoff offers insight into the nature of jazz and the character and contributions of producer-promoter-label executive Norman Granz, a crusty fellow who was nonetheless an indefatigable champion of the music and the people who played it. Other than the musicians' wardrobes (it's a good thing their playing doesn't clash the way some of their shirts, jackets, and ties do, or the result would be sheer cacophony), there is simply nothing here for jazz fans not to like. --Sam Graham

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Here in this DVD you can appreciate Oscar Peterson at his prime. The performance is just brillant and inspiring as always--jazz virtuoso piano as good as it gets indeed.

The camera captured his finger works at amazing pace and grace form different angles. The picture quality is not as sharp as Trio '77 DVD but you soon forget about it once the music starts. Both Trio '77 and Solo '75 are supreme performance but in solo'75 you really can see how good his left hand is compared to most other jazz pianists. By the way,the CD "Solo: Live" is another must have for all O.P fans as Oscar Peterson really plays when doing the one man show. This is also the only video footage I have seen so far including the Blues Etude--one of his early composition( in the last segment of the show but did not mentioned in the song title).

I am still waiting for the release of Oscar Peterson In Tokyo(1983)previously released by Pioneer Laser Disc. That will be the show to watch--with Joe Pass,Niels Pedersen and Martin Drew.
But berfore that, get both 1975 and 1977 show.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oscar Peterson at His Best September 17, 2004
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I just received the Oscar Peterson Trio '77 DVD which is part of the Norman Granz Jazz In Montreux series. I must admit at first I was skeptical about what I would be receiving for a price of under $10. Well, I am more than pleased with this excellent representation of Oscar during his prime years. The video starts with three solo selections by Oscar, a very neat arrangment of Falling in Love with Love (unlike recent recordings with the quartet), Old Folks and Indiana. The master of the ivory's is then joined by not one but two of the finest bass players around, Niels Pedersen and the late Ray Brown. Each take sections on the remaing six tracks along with Oscar's lightening fast playing.

If you are an Oscar fan you will appreicate the left hand work performed in stride fashion and the 32nd or perhaps 64h note playing by the right hand. There is no drummer on these recordings and with the amount of music generated by Oscar, Ray and Niels it's not missed.

I highly recommend this addtion to your OP collection.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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From 1960 through 1986, I've been the lucky audience member of over a dozen Ella concerts (certainly would have gone to more, if they were available - location wise). To this end, I feel that I've developed the essential experience to critique Miss Fitzgerald's performance.

We'll start with near the end first. I heard Ella perform "Flying Home" in Boston around the same time of this recording. I felt like I was viewing the same performance of one of her most fantastic scat sessions - and there have been many - "How High the Moon", "Lady Be Good", "Stomping at the Savoy." "Basella" was a variation of Ellington's "C-Jam Blues" which Ella has done in prior concerts with similar and exciting aplomb - she coaxes the best out of her co-performers and they coax the best out of her.

The first five tracks, backed by the Basie "congregation" (Ella refers to this as orchestra - I think it's a band), are well crafted and executed performances by Ella and the band. The combo sessions follow with a superb version of "Dindi" which offers a far better reading of this song in comparison to her Jobim songbook offering.

There is so much offered in this recording. I would only hope that, somewhere, there is more recorded Ella to enjoy.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz great June 9, 2007
Mary Lou Williams is probably the greatest female Jazz instrumentalist in the history of the music. This concert from 1978 give the chance to see her playing solo.

The predominant style here is blues and gospel which was probably where her roots were anyway. She was however an extremely versitile musician so you will also hear rhapsodic moments along with fast stride and even hints of more modern playing styles (such as on Over The Rainbow). Remember Mary Lou Williams once played with Cecil Taylor.

The full list of tunes played is:

Medley: The Lord is Heavy/Fandangle/N.G. Blues/For the Figs/Baby Bear Boogie/Roll'Em

Over the Rainbow

Offertory Meditation

Tea for Two

Little Joe from Chicago

The Man I Love

What's Your Story Morning Glory

Honeysuckle Rose

This is a tremendous solo Piano performance by a Jazz great.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you look in the dictionary under "swing" ... March 1, 2005
... as in "jazz", there should be a picture of this DVD alongside the definition, because when Ella and the Count Basie stable of supremely talented musicians get going, this is out of SIGHT. Ella was still swinging strong in '79; some say she was actually at the apex of her career, and this performance is fine support for that argument.

The title *is* misleading, as Count Basie is only stage for a few numbers, but for my money this is worth it just to have one of the best Ella performances ever in your personal library. Cheaper than a concert ticket, and you can watch it over and over and over again ... which you will, if you are a fan of the First Lady of Song.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrated with the cameraman June 13, 2006
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Let me explain:
Oscar Peterson's performance = 10
Niels Pedersen's performance = 10
Ray Brown's performance = 10

So why only 3 stars and what the cause of the frustration?

Answer: The camera never focused the keyboard from above and only sometimes captured Oscar's hands, that is, it did not capture the best of the show.

Therefore, if you are interested only on the bassists performances this DVD is fine, but if you would like to view what Oscar Peterson does on the piano, this DVD is almost equivalent to listening the vynil album I have since many years ago.

Regrettable, my friends. The producers lost the opportunity to register Oscar Peterson (The Franz Liszt of the Jazz) at his best, something they can not correct. It is sad but it is impossible. If you had made a DVD of Franz Liszt would you only capture his face and not his hands?

After all, what is the purpose of a DVD?
If you will not capture Oscar's hands in action, make a good CD and attach some pictures!

It is difficult for me to rate anything of Oscar Peterson with less than 5 stars, but I should give -5 stars to the responsible for the takes.

Buy anyway because it is cheap. But if you want to view Oscar's unbeatable technique in action the 1975 DVD is the right place.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
This is one of the best Jazz DVD's I've every bought. This is classic stuff and Monty Alexander is at his best.
Published 5 months ago by Mark Borzillo
4.0 out of 5 stars Dad's gift
This was a gift for my dad and he really enjoys it. The content has generated a very positive response from him. I hear it playing downstairs and it's loud!!!
Published 6 months ago by MJRydsFast
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing performance
If you love "Bags" this is a must have! A great DVD and a terrific value. I highly recommend it!
Published 9 months ago by Ken Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Oscar Peterson is my favorite jazz pianist of all time. This video really captures his greatness with lots of great closeups.
Published 14 months ago by A. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure magic
If 1959 was the year that changed jazz, 1977 was the year that proved that it was still alive and kicking. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mike Tarrani
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Customer Service
The merchandise came on time just like the vendor said, nothing was wrong with the item, and I love working with your business again.
Published 18 months ago by Richard Manigoe
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST & GENIUS AT THAT
Published 20 months ago by HAROLD STANTON
4.0 out of 5 stars A great performance worth checking out.
Ray Bryant, yet another often ignored and forgotten pianist by the "new" generation of jazz musicians today. He really showcases his musicality, style and soul on this disc. Read more
Published 22 months ago by R. Lubag
5.0 out of 5 stars The piano and bass powerhouse performances
Some are sad there are no shots of O.P.'s hands from above, for us to see the true glory of his technique; that seems to be a legitimate claim,
but since I'm not a musician... Read more
Published on February 12, 2012 by Nikica Gilic
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding '70's set
I'd forgotten how good milt jackson was; this DVD reminded me. The entire sextet is together and playing as tight as I've ever heard a group play. Read more
Published on June 7, 2010 by Mountain Man
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