- Format: Color, Import, NTSC
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Rhapsody Films
- VHS Release Date: December 5, 1995
- Run Time: 30 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- ASIN: 6302477646
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,008 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Different Drummer VHS
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on September 26, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Ah, the day this video arrived i was so exited! Finally I would be able to see this "visual and aural study" (as proclaimed in the review) of the unbelievable dynamo that is Elvin Jones. I had to give this video two stars just because Elvin is in it, and any footage of him playing or talking about drums is a gift from God as far as I'm concerned, but unfortunately this video is horrible! First off, i was dismayed to discover upon recieving it that it's only 30 minutes in length. How on earth could they cram a study of one of the most influential innovators of drumming into 30 minutes? It turns out that the "study" consists of a five minute explanation of a solo played in the song the video opens with, of which you get to hear only about two minutes of. then, as was written on the video cover, "the centerpiece of the video is Elvin performing with the classic Coltrane quartet in full flight." But what you actually see is a two minute snippet of footage which is grainy and in which you can barely hear Elvin playing, even when the voiceovers stop... On top of all this, the editing is lousy, the parts where he talks about his life are interspersed with the drumming parts in a semingly random fasion, and the dubbing is atrocious. What could be the best part, a song and five minute drum solo (with Elvin's current band at the time) is totally out of sync, as is all the other playing in the video, negating the opportunity to watch and discern exactly what the heck he's doing. Overall, this video was a HUGE letdown. If you want to see the best footage of Elvin in action, you must get "The Legendary John Coltrane" (I'm pretty sure that's what its called!) video, which is breathtaking, includes all the footage from the "Jazz Casual" t.v. show as well as footage from a European t.v. performance in which Elvin's unstoppable drumming is clearly documented. THAT's the "must have!"
on January 20, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
While only 30 min long the maker has given us some superb footage of a master at work. The segments on family , the Coltrane period plus the interviews on Elvin's philosophies on ceativity and life are all priceless. This kind of indepth analysis of a major innovator is rare and should be cherished.