Norman Granz Presents: Duke - The Last Jam Session
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DISC ONE: Duke Ellington At The Côte d'Azur with Ella Fitzgerald & Joan Miró 1) The Opener 2) Such Sweet Thunder 3) Medley: Black And Tan Fantasy/Creole Love Call/The Mooche 4) Kinda Dukish 5) The Shepherd 6) The Old Circus Train Turn-Around Blues 7) La Plus Belle Africaine 8) Satin Doll 9) Something To Live For 10) Jazz Samba 11) Things Ain't What They Used To Be
DISC TWO: Duke: The Last Jam Session 1) The Brotherhood 2) Just Squeeze Me 3) Carnegie Blues 4) The Hawk Talks 5) Prelude To A Kiss 6) Cotton Tail 7) Everything But You 8) Love You Madly 9) Fragmented Suite For Piano & Bass
Disc One: Nat Hentoff presents Duke & Ella / Photo Gallery / Portraits by David Stone Martin.
Disc Two: The last ever interview with bass player Ray Brown.
Top Customer Reviews
The second disc features Duke Ellington on piano with Ray Brown on bass, Joe Pass on guitar and Louis Bellson on drums working on and recording some of the tunes that ended up being on the album "Duke's Big 4". You get an insight into how Duke arranges tunes on the spot. Each player is a master of their instruments and you get lots of close up shots of them playing. I, being a bass player, especially liked the many close ups of Ray Brown playing his bass. The booklet states that the cameras were called in at the last minute and they obviously did not plan much in advance. There are many shots of the backside of Norman Granz the producer when he walks in front of the camera to talk to Duke. Also the cameras tend to focus much of the time on Duke so there are times for example when Ray Brown is taking an incredible solo and the camera moves during the solo from Ray to show Duke just comping on his piano. I would prefer the camera stay on whoever is soloing throughout the entire solo. Still, it's great to see these musicians working out the songs on this session.
I would rate this DVD collection three and a half stars due to the misleading description but since I am limited to whole stars, I gave it four.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a real treat to see this! I love Ella plus to see Duke with Joe Pass and Ray Brown was great!Published on October 12, 2010 by Pasquale J. Pratico
Bought this DVD for my ailing Dad in The Netherlands. He's loving it and has probably replayed the whole thing several times :o)Published on September 8, 2008 by Michael B. Kasteleyn
I received this item very quickly. This is a great musical fest. Very happy with my purchase. A highly recommended item.Published on July 14, 2008 by Grandpa Charles