Monday, February 6, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Count Basie and his Orchestra


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE REVIEWED: 02/06/2017


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 1 minute

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 12.3 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 6216 miles

SYNOPSIS: (from LDDB)

Track List:
  1. Blee Blop Blus
  2. Splanky
  3. Shiny Stockings
  4. I Need to be Bee'd with
  5. Every Day I Have The Blues
  6. A Little Tempo, Please
  7. Ol'man River
  8. Blues Alley
  9. Cherokee
  10. A Night in Tunisia
  11. The Kid from Red Bank
  12. Stormy Monday Blues
  13. Magic Flea
  14. Jumpin' at the Woodside

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Two short concert films set in the French Antibes during Jazz Festivals in 1961 and 1968

PROS AND CONS:  Astounding performances.  This is why some of us collect odd media.  You can’t find this stuff on cable or Netflix.  This is musical performance gold.

To be sure, this is a Japanese pressing of French television footage shot in the 1960s.  It appears to be early kine scope black and white footage that has been edited down from numerous cameras that were recording the concerts.

The performances here are electric and the simple fact that they were recorded live makes me lament the demise of the big band jazz era.  I would pay a lot of money to attend this type of concert.  


To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.