A double DVD set — with 2 different performances from Duke Ellington! The first disc features great black and white footage of Duke's performance at the Cote D'Azur — with Ella Fitzgerald on vocals, and a special guest appearance from artists Joan Miro! The material is great — and features both Ellington trio and orchestra performances — on titles that include “Jazz Samba”, “Such Sweet Thunder”, “Kinda Dukish”, “The Shepherd”, “The Old Circus Train Turn Around Blues”, and “La Plus Belle Africaine”. The second DVD features material from the early 70s — “The Last Jam Session”, recorded in a much more laidback style with players who include Joe Pass on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Louie Bellson on drums — all joining Duke at a level that's more Pablo-like, in comparison with the Verve style of the first film. Titles include “The Brotherhood”, “Cotton Tail”, “Love You Madly”, “Everything But You”, and “Carnegie Blues”. (NTSC format, All Region DVD.)
This DVD features a unique biography of Louis Armstrong, one of the greatest Jazz musicians in history. Armstrong defined what it was to play Jazz. His amazing technical abilities, the joy and spontaneity, and amazingly quick, inventive musical mind still dominate Jazz to this day and only Charlie Parker comes close to having as much influence on the history of Jazz as Louis Armstrong did. As one of the first soloists on record, Armstrong was more responsible than anyone else for jazz changing from an ensemble-oriented folk music into an art form that emphasized inventive solo improvisations.Mixing performance footage and biographical information, this film goes inside the life and music of one of jazz's great innovators. Louis Armstrong, with his breathtaking technique and joyful improvisations, changed jazz music, pushing the style away from large ensembles and towards the genius of individual solos.