Quincy Jones: Jazz Icons 1960 DVD 2008


The most intriguing collection of archival jazz footage since Ken Burns' "Jazz" documentary. Each title in the series features full length concert or studio performances by the greatest legends of jazz, filmed all over the world from the 1950's through the 1970's. None of these programs have ever been officially released on video! Each DVD has been beautifully transferred from the original masters and features a 16 page booklet filled with rare photographs and an essay written by authoritative jazz historians such as Will Friedwald, Ira Gitler, Rob Bowman and others.

 Jazz Icons DVDs are produced with the full support and cooperation of the artists or their estates, who've contributed rare photos and memorabilia.

Product Reviews

The ageless lines that commence Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities would definitely apply to the situation that the Quincy Jones Orchestra found themselves in circa the two performances preserved on Live in '60 (2006). The artist was part of a 20-piece ensemble that was on the road with its landmark musical Free and Easy in France. -- that is, until the sojourn was cut short due to the residuals of French military involvement during the Algerian War of Independence. Rather than abandon his compatriots, Jones found a way to finance what ended up being a ten-month tour. It was circa the early part of their outing that the Belgian Jazz Pour Tous and Swiss Quincy Jones Live in Switzerland were filmed. The roughly 25-minute/seven-song set for the former is purported to be one of the first gigs they did after ditching Free and Easy. In fact, as Ira Gitler points out in his accompanying liner essay, the players -- who had been costumed in the production -- had not even gotten a complete stage wardrobe and were limited to nothing more than matching sweaters. That minor visual incongruity certainly has no bearing on the undeniably powerful music that the extended aggregate created. Several selections are repeated at the opening and closing of each respective show. Both kick off with Jones' freewheeling m lange of bebop and big band, aptly monikered "Birth of a Band."

The nod goes to Switzerland as it is taken at such a swift tempo that listeners and viewers will be left seemingly as breathless as the actual musicians, although saxophonists Budd Johnson and Jerome Richardson certainly battle their way through and ultimately leave an indelible sonic imprint during the Belgian gig. While on the topic of the February 1960 Jazz Pour Tous broadcast, unquestionable highlights include "Moanin'," courtesy of Clark Terry and the inviting warmth of his hypnotically beautiful fl gelhorn. Similarly, alto saxophonist Phil Woods -- who continued an intimate association with Jones through the years -- is stunning on the Billy Reid-penned "Gypsy." There are not many who have tangibly pinned Charlie Parker as aptly as Woods does.

By contrast, the uptempo jive on "Tickle Toe" is baptized in the power of Benny Bailey (trumpet) and Budd Johnson (tenor sax). As eluded to above, there is some overlap between the Belgian and Switzerland appearances. The animated trombones regale "Everybody's Blues," as does Julius Watkins' (French horn) cool and understated timbre, while the Jones-scored double-time section lifts it into a whole new strata. "Big Red" concludes each with Sahib Shihab (baritone sax), Jimmy Cleveland (trombone), and Ake Persson (trombone) all taking a well-deserved spotlight in Belgium, while Roger Guerin (trumpet) and Les Spann (flute) are among the notables during the Switzerland rendition. Another discernible difference is that while the concerts are completely live, Jazz Pour Tous was filmed in an audience-free studio, whereas the almost three times longer Quincy Jones Live in Switzerland benefits from the crowd's interaction. Additionally, both Budd Johnson and Clark Terry had moved on, while Roger Guerin (trumpet) came on board and did an admirable job of filling in the gaps. Standout readings of the hauntingly lovely "I Remember Clifford" and the mesmerizing ten-plus-minute update of Miles Davis' "Walkin'" are essential entries. Likewise, the breezy "Parisian Thoroughfare" is a wonder to behold, with Benny Bailey's brisk leads and Patti Bown's gospel-infused piano adeptly countering Les Spann's impressive flute runs. The intensity of "Ghana" shows off what the orchestra could do with a minor-key blues, and feeds off of the ferocity and verve heard in the Spann and Jerome Richardson-inspired offerings. The DVD comes with a thoroughly entertaining 24-page liner booklet sporting text from Jones and the aforementioned Ira Gitler, as well as plenty of rarely published photos.

 

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Quincy Jones
Jazz Icons: Quincy Jones
Jazz, Music Video & Concerts
Jazz, Music Video (Concert / Performance)
26 September 2006
Not Rated
DVD
 
824121001896
G: DVD

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26 September 2006
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1.33:1 (Pre-1954 Standard), Black and White
Dolby Digital Mono, English
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