Herb Alpert – „Passion Dance“ 1997 star trumpet player Herb Alpert came back to Germany for the first time in 23 years. Alpert is considered - next to Miles Davis - as one of the most famous and influential trumpet players worldwide. On the stage of the Munich Philharmonie he sparks up a live fireworks of rhythm and emotion. Herb Alpert and his eight Cuban Allstars present tracks from their album Passion Dance. Directed by Dieter Hens – 75’ George Benson/McCoy Tyner Quartet 1989 live recording from the Munich Philharmonie. The line-up: George Benson (g, voc), McCoy Tyner (p), Avery Sharp (b), Aaron Scott (dr). Directed by Dieter Hens – 60’
Dave Brubeck - Take Five In A Quartet Dave Brubeck sees himself primarily as a composer who also plays the piano. However, it was as a jazz pianist and improviser that he rose to fame. His name is usually mentioned in conjunction with "Take Five", the first jazz instrumental to sell a million copies. Directed by Dieter Hens - Concert recording 60’, interview with Dave Brubeck 22’ Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone: Duet These two great jazz players - vibraphonist Gary Burton and pianist Makoto Ozone - both noted for their virtuoso technique and innovative style, came together to give a concert of improvised music. They delighted the audience with their fluid, poetic artistry, which was expressed in a performance of the highest order. Directed by Dieter Hens - 60'
Michel Camilo Trio Michel Camilo (piano), Cliff Almond (drums) and Michael Bowie (bass) play an exciting jazz set, with a Latin American flavour. This live recording highlights their melodic playing and infectious rhythms. Directed by Dieter Hens - 75'
Michel Camilo Quintet Pianist Michel Camilo plays with Ned Mann (bass), Cliff Almond (drums), Michel Mossman (trumpet and trombone) and Ralph Bowen (saxaphone and flute). Camilo's rise to fame has been swift and his influences range from jazz musicians like Art Tatum and Keith Jarrett to twentieth-century composers like Debussy and Ravel. Directed by Dieter Hens - 82'
Michel Camilo: Solo Piano This live recording was made during the 1999 Münchner Klaviersommer when Camilo made one of his rare solo appearances. Improvising on a Steinway D grand piano, he drew from his instrument an astonishing palette of musical colours, both rich orchestral sounds and a tender lyricism. Directed by Dieter Hens - 60' 16:9 Widescreen
Betty Carter and her Trio The premiere of this First Lady of Jazz at the Munich Philharmonie was received enthusistically by the public. Betty Carter was accompanied by a trio with Cyrus A. Chestnut (p), Jon Roland Ariel (b) and Clarence l. Penn (dr). Betty Carter denied heating up the public with lurid and popular standards or phrases, instead she celebrated great singing artistry in her unmistakable artistic profile. Directed by Dieter Hens – 80’ Leonid Chizhik: Solo Piano Following this concert, the leading Russian jazz pianist Leonid Chizhik was heralded as a real discovery for the West. His programme includes his own compositions and jazz standards, as well as extensive improvisation. Directed by János Darvas - 63'
Leonid Chizhik Trio Leonid Chizhik (piano), Peter Klinke (bass) and Matt Wilson (percussion) improvise on themes by Tchaikovsky. Chizhik pioneered jazz in the Soviet Union in the early 1970s and continues to be one of today’s most innovative and eclectic improvisers. Directed by Dieter Hens – 80’
Ornette Coleman Sextet: Free Jazz This programme records a concert at Schloss Ansbach in 1978, with Coleman at the peak of his musical expression, supported by Shannon Jackson and Ornette Denardo Coleman Junior (percussion), Bern Nix and Charlie Ellerbee (guitar), and Albert Arnold (bass). Directed by Horst Giesler - 44'
Ornette Coleman & Prime Time After many years of absence Ornette Coleman had his first appearance at the Munich Philharmonie at the Klaviersommer 1991. His co-musicians are Denardo Coleman (dr), Dave Bryant (keys), Al McDowell (b), Ken Wessel (g), Chris Rosenberg (g) and Badal Roy (tabla). Directed by Dieter Hens – 85’ Chick Corea: Piano Solo 1982 This live recording shows Chick Corea performing the complex and subtle piano improvisation at which he excels. His virtuoso display amply demonstrates why he is considered one of today's most accomplished jazz pianists. Directed by János Darvas - 50'