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MVD Entertainment Group

Overview
Works: 635 works in 651 publications in 1 language and 51,863 library holdings
Genres: Educational films  Internet videos  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  History 
Roles: prn
Classifications: PN1997,
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Most widely held works by MVD Entertainment Group
Greg Osby & John Abercrombie Solos-The Jazz Sessions( Visual )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guitarist John Abercrombie combines bop and free jazz stylistic elements with electronics utilizing phase shifters, guitar synthesizers and the good old volume pedal. What has kept his playing fresh is his refusal to be chained to these digital devices. Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby is a shining beacon among the current generation of jazz musicians
California clay in the Rockies( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1950s California, the art climate was in a state of flux and open to experimentation. The presence of Peter Voulkos signaled a philosophical upheaval of ceramic tradition and technique, inspiring the West Coast clay revolution. California Clay in the Rockies is an assemblage of interviews, demonstrations, and performances showcasing the seminal artists of this innovative movement. Funk Art originator Robert Arneson, raku ceramics innovator Paul Soldner, trompe l'oeil figurativist Richard Shaw, monumental sculptor Viola Frey, superrealist Marily Levine, and others applaud Voulkos for his inspiration and catalyzing encouragement
Marcus Garvey A Giant of Black Politics( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black Nationalist pioneer and first national hero of Jamaica, Marcus Garvey is here discussed by contemporaries, historians, family, and friends. The film traces his early successes from the organizing of West Indian contract labor to the phenomenal rise of his Universal Negro Improvement Association, which took America by storm in the 1920s. It threatened the establishment to such an extent that the FBI infiltrated UNIA and imprisoned Garvey. Afterward he returned to Jamaica, then went to London, where he died aged 53. A giant of black politics and the key philosopher of black pride, his story is told by activist Mariamne Samad, UNIA members Roy Carson and Ruth Prescott, and commentators Vivian Durham, Beverly Hamilton, professors Rupert Lewis and David Garrow, and Sam Clayton. The documentary has a specially performed soundtrack by the legendary Mystic Revelation of Rastafari band
West Coast Beat and Beyond( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

San Francisco's bohemian history was already renowned - and then intensely amplified when the 1950s creative renaissance came on the scene. The most significant influences of this movement were Beat figures Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Filmed on location in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood, and at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, this film is a tribute to the ongoing vision of America's renegade minds - and a salute to the visionary power of Jack Kerouac. Narrated by Kerouac's biographer Gerald Nicosia
Art Tatum the art of jazz piano( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This portrait documents the legendary jazz pianist Art Tatum. With rare photographs and footage of Tatum and his contemporaries, the film reconstructs his genius. Included are interviews with musicians who either played with or were strongly influenced by Tatum: pianists Marian McPartland, Hank Jones, Dick Hyman, and George Shearing; and guitarists Tiny Grimes and Les Paul. Their reminiscences and demonstrations underline Tatum's status as the "musician's musician
Django Reinhardt King of Jazz Guitar( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Django Reinhardt's music still looms as the standard to be attained more than 50 years after his death. The Gypsy guitarist who played with only two fingers of his left hand was Europe's first jazz superstar. He's the unschooled genius who created his own musical and compositional style - and became a legend. Discover his lyricism, melodic craft, and genius at simultaneously achieving technical precision and deeply meaningful tonal nuances - in this unique tribute to the king of jazz guitar
Liz Story Solid Colors( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 11-song performance from 1984 is undeniable evidence that Liz Story has established herself as one of the most distinctive composers and pianists of our time. The three-time Grammy nominee fashions a deeply personal style that takes shape at the elusive transitions between classical and folk, with a rich jazz harmony of pioneers like Bill Evans, Story's chief inspiration. More economical than Keith Jarrett, more florid and changeable than Winston, Liz Story finds a compelling middle ground between jazz harmony and classical technique, outside improv and sturdy songcraft, complex performance and inner stillness - an audiovisual delight
Of Dolls and Murder( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of Dolls and Murder explores a haunting collection of dollhouse crime scenes and our universal fascination with murder. The documentary film explores the dioramas, the woman who created them, and their relationship to modern day forensics. From the iconic CSI television show to the Body Farm and criminally minded college students and a crime fighting granny, legendary filmmaker and true crime aficionado, John Waters narrates the tiny world of big time murder
Count Basie Then as Now, Count's the King( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz great William "Count" Basie is remembered in this rich documentary, which traces the history of the pianist, composer, and bandleader over several decades. Filmmaker Gary Keys juxtaposes a roundtable discussion among the old cats from the Count Basie Orchestra with recorded performances, including Basie's cameo appearance in Blazing Saddles. Archival clips, portraits, and snapshots recall Basie's ever-smiling face, as vivacious as the grooves he delivers here - his good humor suffusing the music, and around him all the players going at it, from Lester Young to Ella Fitzgerald
Miroslav Vitous Live in Vienna( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed in early 2005 at Vienna's famous Porgy & Bess jazz club, this concert features the inimitable Miroslav Vitous performing on bass. Insightful artist interviews are interwoven with the footage. Upon first arriving in New York in 1967, Vitous quickly became immersed in the music scene - playing with luminaries such as Charlie Mariano, Bob Brookmeyer, Stan Getz, Herbie Mann, Miles Davis, and Chick Corea. In 1970, together with Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul, he formed the supergroup Weather Report - and then later formed Miroslav Vitous Group before embarking on an equally successful solo career. This film captures a rare performance by the remarkable Miroslav Vitous
His Holiness the Dalai Lama Meditating with the Dalai Lama( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film is part of a unique and groundbreaking series that brings the work of the Dalai Lama to a wider audience - illuminating for all those interested in Buddhism, inner peace, and the path to enlightenment. In this excellent introduction to meditation, His Holiness the Dalai Lama talks about how mental happiness is more enduring than physical contentment and that to obtain mental happiness we must train or transform our mind through meditation - of which there are two main types: analytical and single-pointed. His Holiness gives a clear explanation of each type and their practical application in our daily lives
Toots Thielemans with Sylvia Vrethammar and Sivuca Rendezvous in Rio( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film captures Brazil's brilliant accordionist Sivuca and Sweden's internationally acclaimed singer Sylvia Vrethammar as they join Belgian harmonica wizard Toots Thielemans. Their exuberant session is beautifully filmed in the uniquely festive atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro - with the support of some of Brazil's finest musicians, including Luiz Avellar, Luizao, Carlos Bala and Paulo Braga
McLaughlin, De Lucía, Coryell Meeting of the Spirits( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

World-renowned guitarists John McLaughlin, Larry Coryell, and Paco de Lucía - recognized as the finest exponents of their individual styles - toured Europe in 1979 and 1980 as a guitar supertrio. The spellbinding music that resulted from their collaboration dazzled audiences worldwide - and became a vital part of jazz history. This original, authenticated master of the concert takes you into the legendary experience that was the Meeting of the Spirits
His Holiness the Dalai Lama Practical Way of Directing Love and Compassion( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film is part of a unique and groundbreaking series that brings the work of the Dalai Lama to a wider audience - illuminating for all those interested in Buddhism, inner peace, and the path to enlightenment. In this program, His Holiness the Dalai Lama describes how our basic human nature is compassionate and gentle - and how compassion is the most precious treasure, involving a sense of responsibility for the well-being of others
Dinah Washington and Friends Swing Era( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gathering material from early in her career, this film offers a fascinating portrait of the young Dinah Washington. Having just been discovered by bandleader Lionel Hampton, she was then focused mainly on jazzy, torrid R & B numbers. Featuring a range of clips and appearances from such legendary venues as Harlem's Apollo Theater, this essential document will surprise and delight today's many fans of the beloved Dinah Washington. The video has been completed with a selection of Soundies from Martha Davis, Ruth Brown, Dorothy Dandridge, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and other female vocalists from the '40s and '50s
George Shearing Jazz Legends( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded live in 1981 at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, this film features George Shearing on piano and Brian Torff on bass. Few musicians in the history of jazz have made such a lasting popular and worldwide impression as pianist George Shearing. Deified in the 1950s by Jack Kerouac in the novel On the Road, Shearing moved from early success in his native Britain to postwar New York, where he captured the spirit of successive jazz generations and created a permanent place for himself in the jazz hall of fame with his quintet's September in the Rain and his own quintessentially hip composition Lullaby of Birdland
Eric Sardinas and Big Motor Live( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The signature sound of "Delta dynamite" that Eric Sardinas and his band deliver has been a long time in the making. Filmed in high-definition video, this program catches the true power and emotion of this blues-rock slide guitarist, performing live before an electric crowd of loyal fans. Sardinas and his powerful rhythm section, Big Motor, reinterpret the music of his roots into a unique, driving contemporary blues-rock sound
Koerner, Ray, and Glover Live at First Avenue( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Featuring Tony "Little Sun" Glover on harmonica, "Spider" John Koerner on guitar and vocals, and Dave "Snaker" Ray on guitar and vocals, here is one of the all-time great acoustic folk blues trios in a no-frills bar concert, captured live in 2002. One of the originals from the early '60s folk explosion, they released their first record in 1963. As the liner notes say, these are "simply three guys who know exactly what they are doing ... playing timeless tunes, having fun ... turning a club with over 1,000 folks into the hippest of parlors, a virtual back porch
Story of the Blues From Blind Lemon To B.B. King( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The blues can be defined simply as a basic I-IV-V chord progression laid over a 12-bar framework. But the heart of the blues lies in the story of how it evolved from African-American field hollers, into the songs of rough-hewn rural heavyweights like Blind Lemon Jefferson, and finally into the immaculate guitar excursions of B.B. King. The Story of the Blues traces the four principal traditions of blues music-blues form, country blues, urban blues, and electric blues-while uncovering the significant contribution of blues to the development of jazz, rock, and country and western. The film features tracks from Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Lonnie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alger "Texas" Alexander, and many other blues greats
Jazz Legends Mike Mainieri( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renowned primarily as an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, Mike Mainieri's equally brilliant talents as producer, arranger, and composer have contributed to shaping the cutting edge in music. In 1962, Mainieri joined the groundbreaking jazz-rock group Jeremy & The Satyrs, performing with such monumental figures as Frank Zappa, Richie Havens, and Jimi Hendrix. From 1969 to 1972, he was an integral part of the White Elephant Orchestra-and during the late '70s founded the pioneering jazz fusion group Steps Ahead. This exceptional film, recorded live in 1982 at the Brecker Brothers' club in New York, captures Mike Mainieri at his finest. The video also features a set by Richie Cole
 
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