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Storyville Films Releases DVDs on Kenny Drew, Spike Jones

Jazz DVD label Storyville Films recently added two new works to its catalogue, releasing Kenny Drew Trio Live at the Brewhouse and The Spike Jones Story. Recorded at a July 1992 concert at the Brewhouse Theatre in London, England, Live at the Brewhouse was filmed just one year before Drew (pictured) passed away. He was joined for the performance by drummer Alvin Queen and Danish bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, his longtime friend dating back to the 1960s when Drew moved to Copenhagen. The trio performed seven numbers, including “Oleo,” “All Blues,” “In Your Own Sweet Way” and “Bluesology.”

The other release is The Spike Jones Story, an hour-long documentary about the comedian, musician and bandleader. It features interviews with Milton Berle, Danny Thomas, Jones’ family and personal friends, including members of his band, the City Slickers. Jones rose to prominence in the 1940s and ’50s for his surreal take on musical shows, largely captured with his touring Musical Depreciation Revue.

As the film division of Storyville Records, a Danish label founded in 1950 focusing on jazz and blues, Storyville Films releases classic and rare performances with new packaging and liner notes.

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