JAZZ ICONS BOX SET - SERIES 5
A DVD SERIES OF VINTAGE UNSEEN CONCERTS FROM THE TIMELESS LEGENDS OF JAZZ
6 STUNNING, HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT PERFORMANCES / 6 1/2 HOURS OF MUSIC
JOHN COLTRANE ART BLAKEY'S JAZZ MESSENGERS THELONIOUS MONK
JOHNNY GRIFFIN FREDDIE HUBBARD RAHSAAN ROLAND KIRK
Only Public Performance of Love Supreme
JOHN COLTRANE - Live In France 1965
Features the Classic John Coltrane Quartet at the peak of their powers. Includes the only public performance of Ascension and of A Love Supreme which they’d recorded eight months earlier and had become an instant and influential hit in the jazz world. Every night this band played was a major event and spiritual experience for those who witnessed it.
DESCRIPTION: 52 mins - BW mono - Liner notes by David Liebman - Book excerpt by Ashley Kahn
Highlights include: A Love Supreme Suite Pt.1 (Acknowledgement); A Love Supreme Suite Pt. 2; Resolution; Ascension; Naima; and others
ART BLAKEY'S JAZZ MESSENGERS - Live In France 1959
In the fall of 1959, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers introduced newcomer Wayne Shorter whose sound and conception would forever change the sonic landscape of the Jazz Messengers. He, Lee Morgan and Walter Davis, Jr. are on fire throughout. This is inspired jazz with a volcanic swing.
DESCRIPTION: 83 mins - Bw mono - Liner notes ny Bob Blumenthal. Highlights include: Are You Real ?; Bouncing with Bud; Alone Came Betty;and others. Featuring Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter.
Monk Alone:A Private Recital
THELONIOUS MONK - Live In France 1969
Just Monk, a grand piano and two cameras – no audience, no sidemen, no emcee, no clock-watching stage manager, no set list, no distractions. The result was an astonishingly intimate and revealing portrait of a man and his music. The viewer can virtually see this usually impenetrable artist thinking in real time. An extraordinary document of one of the most original composers of the 20th century.
DESCRIPTION: 65 mins - Color Mono - Solo performance - Liner notes by Ethan Iverson. Hight lights include: Round Midnight; Epistrophy; Monk's Mood; Dreamland; and others. Bonus rehearsal, b-roll and interviews
JOHNNY GRIFFIN - Live In France 1971
Johnny Griffin was a tenor saxophone virtuoso. He possessed a magnificent,even tone through- out the range of the tenor saxophone and the ability to navigate the fastest tunes and the most sophisticated chord changes with seemingly effortless precision. Toss in his soulfulness and inventiveness and you have a recipe for genius. Art Taylor’s drumming here drive Griff and guest Dizzy Gillespie to incredible heights.
DESCRIPTION: Two shows - 75 mins - BW Stereo/Mono - Liner notes by Don Sickler. Highlights include: Blues Fr Harvey; A Night In Tunisia (with Dizzy Gillespie); Now's the Time; Blue Monk; and others.
FREDDIE HUBBARD - Live In France 1973
On this 1973 concert, he and his quintet with Junior Cook and George Cables stretch out on three of his greatest compositions of the period: Straight Life, The Intrepid Fox and First Light. Hubbard and Junior Cookshare a common ground and deep empathy and the rhythm section led by Cables give the hornmen all the push they crave. These performances are incendiary.
DESCRIPTION: 50 mins - BW Stereo - Liner notes by Neil Tesser - Highlights include: Straight Life; Intrepid Fox and First Light.
RAHSAAN ROLAND KIRK - Live In France 1972
Seeing Rahsaan Roland Kirk live was a completely different experience from listening to his music on record. It was an overwhelming and joyous event; music just poured out of him like a gusher. He was an ever-thinking force of energy who swept the audience up into his orbit. This 1972 concert with an excellent band is a perfect example.!
DESCRIPTION: 75 mins - Color/Mono - Liner notes by John Kruth. Highligts include: Volunteered Slavery; Inflated Tear: Blue Trane; Lester Leaps In; and others
Jazz Icons is doing for jazz what the Criterion Collection has done for classic and important movies." – Jazz Times