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Norman Granz Jazz In Montreux Presents Mary Lou Williams '78
Norman Granz Jazz In Montreux Presents Mary Lou Williams '78
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2004     1hr 5min

Norman Granz is one of the most important non-musicians in the history of jazz and no one has made a greater contribution to the staging, recording and filming of jazz concerts. This series of performances from the prestig...  more »


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Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Jazz, DTS, Classical
Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/21/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 5min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Harold G. (Gig) from HOUSTON, TX
Reviewed on 5/5/2011...
What can you really say about a woman who was one of the most influential figures in the jazz world during the past century. I have other recorded material by her, but all strictly audio. I find so few that are not really into jazz who fail to recognize her name, but that is because her main function was as that of a musical arranger, most notably with Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy from the mid 30s until the late 40s. She was absolutely brilliant and I'm proud to have this recording of what I believe might have been her final public performance, or if not, at least the last one recorded.
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Jazz great
S J Buck | Kent, UK | 06/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Mary Lou Williams is probably the greatest female Jazz instrumentalist in the history of the music. This concert from 1978 give the chance to see her playing solo.

The predominant style here is blues and gospel which was probably where her roots were anyway. She was however an extremely versitile musician so you will also hear rhapsodic moments along with fast stride and even hints of more modern playing styles (such as on Over The Rainbow). Remember Mary Lou Williams once played with Cecil Taylor.

The full list of tunes played is:

Medley: The Lord is Heavy/Fandangle/N.G. Blues/For the Figs/Baby Bear Boogie/Roll'Em
Over the Rainbow
Offertory Meditation
Tea for Two
Little Joe from Chicago
The Man I Love
What's Your Story Morning Glory
Honeysuckle Rose

This is a tremendous solo Piano performance by a Jazz great.
Amazing piano player!!!
boyce slaguar | 04/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"this person really can play interesting piano solos!! evidently she was a very shy stage performer who appears sort of uncomfortable under the hot stage lights but man her playing is real strong. the picture quality is about average for 1978 videotape technology and the sound quality is good enough. i recommend this relatively low priced dvd. its neato!!"
Norman Granz Jazz In Montreux Presents Mary Lou Williams '78
Pasquale J. Pratico | Trenton, NJ | 07/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD had good audio and video. It really shows the great musicianship of Mary Lou Williams. I really enjoyed the concert."