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Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years
Monterey Jazz Festival 40 Legendary Years
Actors: Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Clint Eastwood, Ella Fitzgerald
Director: Will Harper
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
NR     1999     1hr 20min

Monterey Jazz Festival - Place Miles first on the bill. He wants those "fresh ears." And how about the time Jon Hendricks stepped on stage still jotting down the composition he was to perform? "Aren't you ready" musical di...  more »


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Actors: Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Clint Eastwood, Ella Fitzgerald
Director: Will Harper
Creators: Clint Eastwood, Rick Lamb, Danila Koverman, William Minor
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Armstrong, Louis, Basie, Count, Gillespie, Dizzy, Monk, Thelonious, Holiday, Billie, Rich, Buddy, Jazz, Educational, Documentary, Documentary
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/31/1999
Original Release Date: 01/01/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1998
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French

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Movie Reviews

A disc for music historians, not music .
B. D. Horton | Eatonville, Washington | 09/02/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)

"If you are expecting some wonderful vintage performances from this disc, you are wasting your time. There are no musical performances on this disc. Just a bunch of people talking about the history of the festival. Instead of getting to watch Mile Davis or Lady Day, we are treated to a discussion with the lady who put the rolls of toilet paper in the johns!!DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! This was a true disappointment."
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Seeing this documentary was a complete disapoitment.I was expecting to see live performances of the jazz artists that are shown in the dvd cover, but felt like a complete idiot when I didn't hear a single note of music. I think that they should mention that there's no music in the disc.It was a complete waste of money."
A Total Waste Of Money
Le Kang | Le Monde | 04/20/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This disc was a monumental disappointment. I was expecting not only great live clips, but also some good structured commentary. Instead, this disc is packed with short, unrevealing clips and weak, poorly scripted commentary. This is one DVD I really regret buying--and that says a lot for me. Seeing Jon Hendricks as a guest lecturer in a jazz history class at my University was more interesting than the footage they provided of him on this disc. What a TOTAL waste of money and time. Stay away from this DVD if you can help it. For a much better example of what a jazz performance/documentary should be like, check out Monk's "Straight No Chaser", available on both VHS and DVD. Cheaper and a much better way to spend your money."
Please let me rate this ZERO!
Michael Rose | East Barnet, Herts United Kingdom | 02/12/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Just want to add my two bits as a warning to anyone who may not have got the point from the other reviewers (unlikely). Thia can only have been some kind of ego trip for Clint - it doesn't score as either a jazz performance compilation or as a documentary of the festival. What hurts - heartbreakingly, gutbustingly hurts - is that there ARE hours of performance footage extant from Monterey (and, no, I don't mean 2 minutes of Cannonball in "Play Misty For Me"). Surely someone could buy the rights to this stuff and make a REAL Monterey DVD?"