Norman Granz Jazz In Montreux Presents Count Basie Jam '75
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- Portraits by David Stone Martin
- Pictures by George Brunschweig
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
Tea for Two
Little Joe from Chicago
The Man I Love
What's Your Story Morning Glory
This is a tremendous solo Piano performance by a Jazz great.
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.
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.
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.
She doesn't ignore the audience like some jazz performers do .
One reviewer wrote that Ella was past her prime when this was recorded . If so , I would rather she was still around as not many other current singers do it for me like Ella does .
Most record companies have big marketing budgets , but are the 'artists' worth your hard earned ?
Picasso was an artist , like Ella . They communicate .
Without needing to dance .
If you love great singing , this will give you goosebumps . Buy and enjoy .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Benny Carter was in the midst of a comeback as a performing artist when this concert took place in 1977, after many years of focusing mainly on writing for film and TV in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Scott Albin
Overall fantastic (but some tunes are better than others). A great presentation of some live performances. A definite Yes for a fan.Published 13 months ago by D. R.
Outstanding live recording by Norman Granz of a group of true jazz artists, while still in their "performance - prime".Published 14 months ago by MarkRoberts
Peterson playing along with two of his bassists, and certainly two of the best. Check out Ray's joke to Neils by the end of the concert.Published 15 months ago by Carlos Schvartzman
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 on May 19, 2014 by Mark Borzillo
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 on April 9, 2014 by MJRydsFast
If you love "Bags" this is a must have! A great DVD and a terrific value. I highly recommend it!Published on January 9, 2014 by Ken Green