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Various Artists: Norman Granz Jazz in Montreux: Jazz at the Philharmonic ’75

Jazz impresario Norman Granz was no dummy. Although it doesn’t take a genius to realize that films of all-star concerts featuring the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Milt Jackson, Benny Carter and Roy Eldridge might be worthwhile viewing somewhere down the line, Granz showed keen foresight in arranging for first-class production values when it came to capturing his Pablo recording artists in performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival throughout the 1970s. These four Norman Granz’ Jazz in Montreux DVDs are predictably remarkable documents.

Milt Jackson & Ray Brown ’77 captures a heated jam session with the master vibraphonist and bassist (both in superb form) hosting Clark Terry, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Monty Alexander. A greasy “Red Top” and a rollicking “You Are My Sunshine” are standout performances.

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