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December 14, 2004 Jazz Blog 4 Comments

Jazz at Netflix

Netflix JazzAbout a month ago, I noticed that Netflix was offering free trial memberships (they still are, in fact). I've thought about joining in the past, but never really gave it enough consideration. Partly because I didn't think it was worth the money, and partly because I didn't think they'd have anything that I'd want to see. Boy, was I wrong…

Turns out, Netfilx is great! I've got about 70 movies in my queue, and I've yet to spend any time *really* searching for things. Their turn-around time is great too. I typically receive my movie selections the day after they ship, and they receive my returns just as fast --in case you don't know, they let you check out three movies at a time. Once you return a movie, they send the next on in your queue.

Of course, the reason for this post is to tell you about their collection of jazz videos. A search for "jazz" returns about 60 or so videos (the same search returns 177 as of 11/19/05!). It looks like they have quite a few more than that, though, as a search for "Miles Davis" returns 4 videos not included in the "jazz" search. I imagine other name-based searches will produce more results.

SO FAR, I'VE SEEN

Jazz Casual: Basie, Gillespie, Coltrane, 1960

The Miles Davis Story, 2001

The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration, 2003

Jazz on a Summer's Day, 1960

One Night With Blue Note, 1985

Special note: "One Night With Blue Note" has been my favorite video thus far. It features performances by Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Jimmy Smith, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Jackie McLean, Art Blakey, and others. Great sound and picture quality. Hubbard playing Moanin' with Art Blakey was incredible...

VIDEOS IN MY QUEUE

Ron Carter and Art Farmer: Live

Jazz Scene USA: Adderley & Edwards

Art Pepper: Notes from a Jazz Survivor

Miles Davis: Cool Jazz Sound

Dizzy's Dream Band

A Tribute to Bill Evans

Tribute to John Coltrane

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

[ and many more... ]

Comment by Eric

Hey Rick! First off I'm browsing your site from my Blackberry. A nice distraction from shopping with the Mrs...

The Blue Note DVD is one of my all time favorites alnong with the Miles Davis Story. You will like the Cannonball and Edwards DVD too I think. Let me know how the Miles Davis Cool DVD is. Happy Holidays my friend!

Comment by Rick

I watched "Jazz Scene USA: Adderley & Edwards" last night. You were right, I did enjoy it. Along with the fantastic playing, I loved the cool vibe of the entire production (street footage, introductions, etc).

Comment by Eric

A quick NetFlix follow up... my wife and I have been using it for about 3 months now and it is fantastic. We used to buy a lot of DVDs but this is saving us a bundle of money. The fact that we don't have to take them back to the rental store or worry about late fees is another plus. Great suggestion my friend.

Comment by Rick

I bet that explains why I've been waiting a few weeks for the newly released "Freddie Hubbard: All Blues" DVD... I should learn to keep my big mouth shut ;-) Seriously, I'm glad you're enjoying it!

Some of my recent jazz favorites include:

Keith Jarrett: The Art Of Improvisation

John Zorn Masada: Live at Tonic 1999

Freddie Hubbard: Live At The Village Vanguard

Chick Corea: Live With Friends

Miles Davis - Miles Electric: A Different Kind Of Blue

Check them out!

-Rick

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