Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Jazz Icons Series 5

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Jazz Icons Series 5

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Jazz Icons Series 5

Mosaic DVBX-6001 (6 DVD Set)

Disc 1 (52:00, B/W, mono): John Coltrane Quartet - Live in France 1965 (John Coltrane (ts), McCoy Tyner (p), Jimmy Garrison (b), Elvin Jones (d) Juan-Les-Pins, France, July 26-27, 1965; Naima/Ascension/Impressions/A Love Supreme Pt. 1 - Acknowledgment/A Love Supreme Pt. 2 - Resolution [incomplete])

Disc 2 (83:00, B/W, mono): Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers - Live in France 1959 (Art Blakey (d), Lee Morgan (tp), Wayne Shorter (ts), Walter Davis, Jr. (p), Jymie Merritt (b) Paris, France, November 15, 1959; Are You Real?/What Know (a/k/a Goldie)/No Problem/Bouncing With Bud/Close Your Eyes/Along Came Betty/Blues March/A Night In Tunisia/Bonus: Interview/Nellie Bly [a/k/a Mama G])

Disc 3 (65:00, color, mono): Thelonious Monk - Live in France 1969 (Thelonious Monk (p) France, December 1969; Dreamland (rehearsal)/Monk's Mood (version l)/Thelonious/Reflections/Epistrophy/'Round Midnight/Crepuscule With Nellie/Ugly Beauty/Monk's Mood (version 2)/Don't Blame Me/Coming On The Hudson/Nice Work If You Can Get It, plus bonus material [interviews, soundcheck and documentary footage])

Disc 4 (77:00, B/W, stereo*/mono): Johnny Griffin - Live in France 1971 (Johnny Griffin (ts), Dizzy Gillespie (tp on #), Vince Benedetti (p), Alby Cullaz (b), Arthur Taylor (d) Châteauvallon, France, August 29, 1971*; Blues For Harvey/When We Were One/The JAMFs Are Coming/Soft and Furry/A Night In Tunisia#/Hot House#; Griffin (ts), René Urtreger (p), Cullaz (b), Taylor (d), France, July 7, 1971; Now's The Time/My Little Suede Shoes/Blue Monk/Blues For Harvey)

Disc 5 (50:00; B/W, stereo): Freddie Hubbard - Live in France 1973 (Hubbard (tp), Junior Cook (ts, fl), George Cables (el p), Kent Brinkley (b), Michael Carvin (d), France, March 25, 1973; Straight Life/Intrepid Fox/First Light)

Disc 6 (75:00, B/W, mono): Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Live in France 1972 (Roland Kirk (ts, manzello, stritch, cl, castanets, vcl, various flutes and whistles), Ron Burton (p), Henry Pearson (b), Richie Goldberg (d), Joe Texidor (perc) Paris, France, March 8, 1972; Blue Train/Satin Doll (Medley)/For Bechet and Bigard and Carney and Rabbit/ My Cherie Amour/ Medley: One Mind Winter, Summer (Seasons)/Groovin' High/Soul Eyes/Volunteered Slavery/Inflated Tear)

Sometimes it seems as if there's a secret repository of cultural artifacts that have been lost, hidden, stolen or otherwise withheld from the public. A mass of manuscripts, paintings, relics of all sorts, tapes, and on and on, these treasures are slowly rediscovered and doled out. In 2011 alone, for example, writings by Jack Kerouac, Charlotte Bronte, and James Cain were unearthed, as were recordings of Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis. It seems there's always more to uncover in all fields, which leads us to the fifth installment of Jazz Icons, six DVD's of jazz performances filmed for broadcast, shown once and then forgotten. The films are sourced from France's Institut National de l'Audiovisuel, produced by Reelin' In The Years, and the first in the series to be issued by Mosaic.

We all know the feeling when an experience doesn't live up to expectations. I'm happy to report that as least far as this viewer was concerned, the Coltrane DVD, taken from performances on successive days at the 1965 Juan-Les-Pins Jazz Festival, in Antibes, France, was pretty much everything you could hope for. Of course, it's too bad that there's no more than 12 minutes of A Love Supreme on film, and some of the consciously arty double exposures can threaten to give you eye strain, but just close your eyes and take in the music. That's what Coltrane does, and one of the really striking things about watching the quartet at work is how, unlike most other ensembles, there seems to be little or no eye contact in the band. Instead, communication relies almost exclusively on sound. As one would hope, the saxophone is front and center, with piano, bass and drums back in the mix. …

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