Friday, February 17, 2017

New DVDs

Classic Drum Solos and Drum Battles
“This DVD presents 15 of the true legends of jazz drumming in astounding extended solos and in rare, never-before-seen drum duels filmed over the last five decades. Among the highlights are uncut solos from big band legends Sonny Payne, Rufus Jones, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard and Louie Bellson, and small group giants Art Blakey and Joe Morello. Rare drum battles include meetings between: Gene Krupa and Cozy Cole; Buddy Rich and Ed Shaughnessy; Chico Hamilton, Gene Krupa and Lionel Hampton; Elvin Jones, Sunny Murray and Art Blakey; and a once-in-a-lifetime battle between Buddy Rich and Jerry Lewis!” –Amazon

Jack the Giant Slayer
Jack the Giant Slayer tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Acclaimed filmmaker Bryan Singer directs the family adventure starring Nicholas Hoult as Jack. The film also stars Eleanor Tomlinson as Princess Isabelle; Stanley Tucci as the deceitful Roderick; Ian McShane as Isabelle's father, the besieged King Brahmwell; Bill Nighy as General Fallon, the ferocious two-headed leader of the giant army; and Ewan McGregor as the loyal knight Elmont.” –WorldCat

John Scofield Jazz-Funk Guitar
"On Jazz-funk guitar I, John discusses: intervallic ideas, chordal concepts, string-skipping, playing lines across the fingerboard and developing a personal sound. On Jazz-funk guitar II, he covers chromaticism, playing over changes, form, contour, voice-leading and pedal tones." –WorldCat

Lee Daniel’s’ The Butler
The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. Forest Whitaker stars as the butler with Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, and many more.” –Amazon

My First Name is Maceo
“The classic recordings of James Brown are frequently punctuated with a cry of Maceo! Which listeners often assume to be some funky catchphrase of Brown's own invention. In fact, it was the cue for his long-serving sax man Maceo Parker to step forward and blow his horn! Though essentially a performance film, My First Name Is Maceo captures the musician both on and offstage. Interviews with Maceo, his brother Melvin, and the musicians who have worked with him fill in the background of a story that began way back in 1943 at a North Carolina Housing Project.” –Amazon

Surviving Progress
“Technological advancement, economic development, population increase - are they signs of a thriving society or too much of a good thing? Produced by Martin Scorsese, this provocative documentary explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through the major ‘progress traps’ facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment.” –WorldCat

The Fault In Our Stars
“Hazel and Gus share a sarcastic sense of humor, a distaste for the conventional, and ultimately a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey. Although the two teens face unlikely challenges with their health, their courage and dedication to each other prove that while life isn't perfect, love can still be extraordinary in this powerfully moving film based on John Green's New York Times best-selling novel.” –WorldCat

Weather Report Live At Montreux
“Weather Report performs a live concert of jazz fusion music at the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival.” –WorldCat