The Bebop Shop : Jazz On Film: Videos & DVDs : More Jazz Videos & DVDs 2
But how many people have heard of Alfred Lion and Frank Wolff, to whom we owe the recorded memory of our Jazz legends? These two Jewish Germans emigrated from Nazi Germany to New York in 1939 and promoted Jazz Music, which at the time had received little serious attention from mainstream America. Without money or connections and speaking little English, the two men began to record practically unknown musicians, following their own taste and judgement, and thus establishing the legendary Blue Note label. Blue Note - A Story of Modern Jazz tells the story of Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, of a friendship in exile and of uncompromising artistic excellence. Told by the musicians, by friends, associates and fans of the Blue Note recordings from all walks of life, the film recreates an era of American cultural history. Directed by German filmmaker Julian Benedikt (Play your own thing, available on EuroArts 2055748), it was the most successful movie about jazz ever to hit the worldwide cinemas. This testimony to the passion and vision of two men, interspersed with concert recordings and rarely seen archival footage, swings like the propulsive sounds that made their label so famous a great music film! (EuroArts)
NTSC format, 90 mins.
NTSC format, 180 mins. Price: £17.99
PAL format, 123 mins. Price: £17.99
Sun Ra's poetry and mythological pronouncements were filmed in the Egyptian Room of the University of Pennsylvania's anthropology museum, in a sculpture garden in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., and inside and outside of the house he shared with key band members in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.
Interviews with band members were filmed inside and outside of the house, as well as inside their nearby Pharaoh's Den food store, and a band rehearsal and a solo keyboard performance were filmed in the house as well. Songs performed in the film include such Sun Ra classics as "Astro Black," "Mister Mystery," "We Travel the Spaceways," "Along Came Ra/The Living Myth," "Spaceship Earth (Destination Unknown), "Requiem for Trevor Johnson," and many more. This release also includes extended audio versions of these and other songs. (Wienerworld) Price: £15.99
PAL & NTSC format. Price: £17.99
(PAL Format, 60 mins) Price: £15.99
PAL format. Price: £17.99
NTSC Format, 98 mins. Price: £21.99
Oscar plays a couple of unaccompanied numbers: I Should Care (which he had recorded as a piano solo in 1968 for the LP My Favourite Instrument), and a particularly impressive version of This Nearly Was Mine (a not so well known composition by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II which Peterson would only record on one other occasion. NHO Pedersen joins the pianist for a duet on On the Trail, and the rest of the set features the trio with Barney Kessel on guitar.
As a bonus, we have added a splendid piano solo version of Indiana filmed at the 1975 Montreux Jazz Festival, in Switzerland, plus another London broadcast recorded a decade before the Ronnie Scotts performance. This 1964 set presents one of the best trios Oscar Peterson ever had, with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen.
Oscar Peterson, piano; Barney Kessel guitar; Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, bass - live at Ronnie Scotts, London, England, November 1974. (Discovery Records) Price: £14.99
This recording of the world premiere performance also features an interview with Peterson, explaining how he went about composing the suite, his initial skepticism about interpreting such a topic in the medium of jazz and his relation to spiritual music. He also describes in detail the various motifs of the work.
NTSC Format, 50 mins. Price: £18.99
Filmed in High Definition and presented in 16:9 Widescreen with Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and PCM 24 bit / 48 kHz stereo audio options.
PAL/ NTSC format, 110 mins. Price: £20.99
PAL Format. Price: £21.99
PAL format. Price: £21.99
PAL Format, 84 mins + 42 mins (bonus) Price: £21.99
PAL format, 96 mins. Price: £21.99
PAL format, 60 mins. Price: £15.99
PAL format, 50 mins. Price: £15.99
NTSC format, 50 mins. Price: £15.99
An up-close portrayal of Frisell, filmed by Daniel Berman at the Berkeley Church in Toronto. This rare solo session features an intimate look into his electric guitar and looping wizardry, and includes an exclusive interview with Frisell. On the taping of Solos Frisell comments, "It's a weird thing playing solo. I live for the interaction with other musicians because when you put something out there, you get something in return, and you are able to build momentum. When you perform solo, it just goes out into space, and you have to come up with ideas right away to follow it up. I learned to allow silence when playing by myself. There's really something special about one person sitting and playing guitar. I'm really happy with how this project turned out. Daniel created such an amazing atmosphere in which to play music." (Wiennerworld)
NTSC format, 89 mins. Price: £15.99
NTSC format, 60 mins. Price: £15.99
DAVID MURRAY, IM A JAZZMAN (2008 - 53) A slice in the life of saxophonist David Murray captured by the camera, a privileged testimony of a life merged with the story of jazz, as one of its ultimate heroes.
Featured artists: Cassandra Wilson, Gwo Ka Masters, Amiri Baraka & others.
DAVID MURRAY AND THE GWO KA MASTERS - LIVE IN SAINTE LUCIE (2008 - 46)
This film, shot during a stopover at Sainte Lucie, an island in the West Indies, restores the energy of a masterful concert performed with traditional Guadeloupian drums gwo ka fused with supremely avant-gardist jazz.
DAVID MURRAY BLACK SAINT QUARTET - LIVE AT BANLIEUES BLEUES FESTIVAL
(2010 - 38) A film in the form of a style exercise, or an exercise with style, pertinence and sensitivity, like a mirror in which jazz would be reflected.
Featuring Lafayette Gilchrist (p), Jaribu Shahid (b), Hamid Drake (d). (Wiennerworld)
NTSC format, 137 mins. Price: £17.99