|Al (whose channel is digitalalexa):|
the greatest traditional jazz video-maker in the world.
However, it is disappointing that so many jazz videos of live performances are of low quality. Here are the the most common faults:
(1) The sound is poor; or there is far too much external (non-music) noise. (This may be excusable only when the music itself is outstanding or historically important.)
(2) The band has been filmed when it happens to be giving a mediocre performance, such as those I mentioned above. It would be better for such films to be scrapped. There is a good deal of tedious, laboured playing (sorry to say - usually old men playing in English pubs! No wonder young people do not show interest in their music).
(3) Too much happens on the video before the band plays the first note of the tune. What is the point of showing a band standing around, talking amongst themselves for almost a minute? It would be better for these sections to be cut out, so that the music begins no more than five seconds after the video starts rolling.
(4) Similar to (3) above: sometimes a too-long spoken introduction is provided by the band-leader or an announcer. If there is nothing specially interesting in this, it should be edited out: the title of the tune can be given in the title of the video.
(6) The video-maker has filmed only part of the tune. Just when it's getting interesting, the video ends.................!
There can be other problems, such as camera shake or poor camera angles when the video is taken among a crowd of people. We must excuse these little defects if the musicians and the sound quality are good.
Among my favourite suppliers of traditional jazz videos are those whose channels are named:
You can find their 'channels' on You Tube.