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Eric Dolphy, Stan Getz, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane

Jazz Icons: John Coltrane Live in ‘60, ‘61 & ‘65

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DVD - Viewing these three sets is like watching the wheels of change transforming jazz itself. . . Each set is breathtaking and inspiring, and when viewed together, deadly awesome. -- Bass Player Magazine


Wes Montgomery

Jazz Icons: Wes Montgomery Live in '65

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DVD - Close-ups of Montgomery's hands traversing the fretboard should be required viewing for any aspiring jazz guitarist. -- The Boston Phoenix


Doug Ramsey

Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond

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Rarely in the annals of jazz biography has a subject's career been documented so thoroughly... a monumental work. -- Downbeat Magazine


Dave Brubeck

Jazz Icons: Dave Brubeck Live in '64 & '66

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DVD - [Displays] the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s unique penchant for creating music that is uncompromisingly cool and smooth but still loaded with clever time-changes and shifting dynamics, brimming with character. -- Jambands.com


Sarah Vaughan

Jazz Icons: Sarah Vaughan Live in '58 & '64

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DVD - With perfect time, intonation and taste, she is hand-in-glove with her trio, pianist Ronell Bright, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Art Morgan. -- Doug Ramsey, Rifftides

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