was perhaps best known for the "Jazz at the Philharmonic
" or JATP concert series, but in recent years we've been flooded with numerous DVDs of his many productions. Now, a number of his classic video productions have been collected into this two DVD set, Norman Granz Presents Improvisation
. The collection includes a variety of settings and groups, including Coleman Hawkins and Charlie Parker
from 1950, various performances from the 1977 Montreux Jazz Festival
, Duke Ellington at the Cote D'Azur, and as a bonus, the 1944 film titled Jammin' the Blues
, featuring such luminaries as Jo Jones, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Lester Young
, and many more in an open jam-session setting. As a fan of jazz history, this is a must-own collection of videos, if only for the Bird and Hawk, but the package as a whole covers a wide range of the jazz history spectrum. You could do a lot worse than starting your jazz DVD collection with this one. Enjoy!