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Dexter Gordon

Jazz Icons: Dexter Gordon Live in '63 & '64

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DVD - Watching the saxophonist in action is akin to a state of jazz bliss ... It’s priceless footage that is worth its weight in gold. -- JazzReview.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


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


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


Johnny Hodges, Clark Terry, Duke Ellington, Harry Carney, Paul Gonsalves

Jazz Icons: Duke Ellington Live in ‘58

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DVD - This epic performance includes legendary players Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Paul Gonsalves, Quentin Jackson and Ray Nance performing some of the most beloved American music ever written. -- Jazzitude.com

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