This incredible box sets collects 35 early Jazz albums released on the legendary French Jazz labels: Disques Vogue founded in 1947 and its subsidiary Swing, which was originally established in Paris in 1937 by Charles Delaunay and passed to Vogue in 1948. The music was recorded during the first post WWII decade (1947-1957) and features both American Jazz artists, who visited France or lived in France at the time as well as European Jazz artists. Paris was at the time the European Jazz center, which corresponded splendidly with its status as the European intellectual center, which produced dramatic and groundbreaking developments in European Philosophy, Plastic Arts, Cinema, Literature and of course music. Most of these albums were originally released on 10-inch LPs, which had a time limit under half an hour, and therefore they are arranged here to span over 20 CDs, each well over an hour long. The music was beautifully remastered and sounds remarkably fresh and vibrant.
This release presents two complete never before heard 1965 radio broadcasts from the Half Note in New York, showcasing the great Wes Montgomery with the Wynton Kelly Trio. The pianist’s trio featured Jimmy Cobb on drums, and two different bassists, Ron Carter and Larry Ridley, replacing the regular member Paul Chambers, who for some reason couldn’t attend the shows. These performances took place a few months before the well-known recordings made by Montgomery and Kelly for Verve at the same venue, issued as Smokin’ at the Half Note.
The TDK jazz library is home to some of the most incredible live performances on DVD. JAZZ-IT! Brings together 23 of the greatest highlights of the collection, with the Dave Holland Quintet playing World Protection Blues, the Herbie Hancock Trio playing Just one of Those Things, Chick Corea & Gary Burton playing Four in One, Oscar Peterson playing He Has Risen, Stan Getz playing El Cahon from his final recorded concert and much, much more! This collection presents a rare opportunity to see and hear the legends of Jazz in one remarkable set of live performances. JAZZ-IT is truly a must-have for all!
Funk Off is an Italian jazz band that are also, uniquely, a marching band that call themselves the Funky Marching Jazz Band!!! The band came onto the scene 1998, brought together by saxophonist and 'main man', Dario Cecchini. And since then have played over 400 street/piazza festivals and on some great stages, including Umbria Jazz, Montreux Jazz, etc. They have even opened for the great James Brown, so their funk credentials have the seal of approval from the maestro.