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Masters of American Music / Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Thelonioius Monk [5 DVD]

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Notes & Reviews:

Masters of American Music is an award-winning television series - as entertaining as it is educational & memorable, celebrating a pantheon of the greatest innovators in Jazz. Individual programs trace the lives & works of master musicians who defined the course of America's classical music. From its birth in New Orleans, to swing, big bands, bebop, free Jazz & beyond - all is explored with sensitivity & unique depth. Over 80 interviews were filmed in the making of the series. Featured artists come to life through these interviews, exciting rare performances, period footage & vintage photographs meticulously reproduced. Both the video & audio content has been restored & re-mastered in accordance with state-of-the-art specifications.

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The Story Of Jazz may be the most concise informative documentary on jazz to date. Five discs consisting of six and a half hours of material is presented in concise, informative segments. Comparisons to Ken Burns' Jazz are inevitable, but unnecessary. This documentary combines extremely rare footage of performances and interviews to analyze the evolution of jazz and highlight four of its icons ... .the release of this limited edition digitally re-mastered set is good news for the world of jazz.

Euroarts has done a big favor for jazz fans by putting these discs together in one package at a very reasonable price. Given the age of each documentary, the audio/visual quality is nowhere near what we expect from modern high-definition productions. But they are consistently watchable in all cases, with clear archival footage and serviceable audio that convey the brilliance of the artist being profiled.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 331 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3
Sound Format(s): LPCM Mono,
Subtitles: English, German, French


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  • Performers: Billie Holiday (Voice); Thelonious Monk (Piano); Charlie Parker (Saxophone); Sarah Vaughan (Voice)