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Jazz Icons: Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers features what many consider to be one of the finest line-ups in the history of jazz - Bobby Timmons (Piano), Jymie Merritt (Bass), Benny Golson (Sax), and the legendary trumpet player, Lee Morgan. Lost for nearly 50 years, this historic 55 minute concert, filmed in Belgium in 1958, one month to the day after they recorded their masterpiece 'Moanin,' is the only known visual document of this influential band who were together for only six months.
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.
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