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Swing Era - Duke Ellington
Swing Era - Duke Ellington
Actor: n/a
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2004     1hr 17min

This anthology gathers diferent soundies (short features produced for movie theatres) and telescriptions (the first music videos) dating back from the Forties and early Fifties and featuring material by the Duke Ellington ...  more »


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Actor: n/a
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Jazz
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 05/25/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 17min
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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Shimon | Goldens Bridge, NY USA | 01/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Considering the technical limitations of the period during which these jazz treats were made, you may be surprised at how good they sound. They aren't as good as you would find on a vinyl LP but when they're matched with the visuals, they are probably the best you can get for the time, which seems to be about the 1940s and 1950s.

Lovers of earlier big band will revel in some of the unique features of many of these numbers. Solos on bass clarinet and valve trombone, a song/dance rendition of the classic "Bli-Blip" which you may never get tired of, and Lionel Hampton's piano magic on "TV Special". You can be forgiven for not knowing that "The Hamp" played piano too. The second half of this DVD demonstrates what a sensational bandleader and entertainer he was.

And finally, if Ray Nance's broad grin at the end of his violin solo doesn't lift your spirits, you may need professional help."