This superb collection from Spain, includes excerpts from both Jammin’ the Blues and Jazz at the Philharmonic, along with highlights from several television specials like Be Bop’s Nest—a rare Charlie Parker appearance with Dizzy Gillespie on the short-lived variety show Stage Entrance—and “The Sound of Miles Davis,” a 1959 episode of television show The Robert Herridge Theater that showcased one of Davis’ most celebrated ensembles. The Greatest Jazz Films Ever is an impressive and enduring collection of documents from the golden age of jazz. While the emphasis here is generally on musicianship, not filmmaking, it’s a collection that also demonstrates jazz’s close relationship to film and television in the mid-20th century.
1. Jammin’ the Blues (10 mins)
2. Be Bob’s Nest ft. Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie (5 ½ mins)
3. Jazz at the Philharmonic (14 mins)
4. The Sound of Miles Davis ft. Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Gil Evans (~25 mins)