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Art Blakey and Jazz Messengers - Live at Village Vanguard
Art Blakey and Jazz Messengers - Live at Village Vanguard
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2004

In the case of Art Blakey, the name "jazz legend" is wholly appropriate. Born in 1919, Blakey served his musical apprenticeship in the bands of Billy Eckstine and Dizzy Gillespie where his reputation as a drummer grew. T...  more »


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Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Blakey, Art, Jazz
Studio: Quantum Leap
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/13/2004
Release Year: 2004
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Live at Village Vanguard, 1982
Hugo Miura | Jales, SP Brazil | 11/22/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"First set:

Art Blakey (drums), Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Bradford Marsalis (alto sax), Billy Pierce (Tenor sax), Donald Brown (piano) and Charles Fambrough (bass).

This first set has only 3 tunes. Fuller Love, Miz B.C, and My Ship. It was recorded on analog tape for TV so both the video and audio quality are poor. If you want a hi-fi 5.1 surround sound, forgeit. This is a historical recording and is intended for jazz fans only.

In 1982, Wynton Marsalis was the musical director of the Jazz Messengers. The performance is good, but the solos are not gems.

Second set:
Johnny Griffin Live at Village Vanguard

This is another gig featuring the Johnny Griffin Quartet. I guess the authors of this DVD included this set because the first set (with Blakey) was too short.

Sound quality is better because Griffin's sax was better equalized. Performance is great. This set has 3 tunes: Blues for Gonzi, A Monk's Dream, and 56.

Village Vanguard is so small, I wonder where they put the cameras.

If you are a true jazz fan you should buy this DVD."