Director: Ken Burns The series: Documentary film-maker Ken Burns' epic Jazz series comes to DVD in 10 parts (it was shown over 12 episodes on local TV earlier this year). And the man who set almost impossibly high standards with the first two of his 'American trilogy' - The Civil War and Baseball - has again come up with the goods. Six years in the making, Jazz charts the history of that uniquely American form of expression; as some might have it, America's one true art form. From its beginnings in 1890s New Orleans through to the early 1990s, Burns leaves no stone unturned in mapping the history of the genre and, as it unfolds, the history of America itself through that period. It is a mammoth effort, employing 2,400 stills, 2,000 film clips, 750 interviews and 500 pieces of recorded music to bring the story together. It courted controversy in jazz circles as much for what it didn't cover as for what it did. Regardless of the intellectual debate, it is a superb series. And the caramel baritone of narrator Keith David (the 'was it the frank or the beans?' man from There's Something About Mary) lends it a suitable gravitas. The extras: If you didn't have your pen and paper at the ready when the series was shown on TV, fear not - the DVD box set provides extensive information cards to tell what track was recorded by whom and when. Ideal for all jazz junkies. There's also a documentary on the 'making of' where we get to meet that man Burns for ourselves and some rare live performances from the likes of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington. The verdict: A must-buy for jazz aficionados, a great introduction for anyone who has ever found the music inaccessible, and a great watch for everyone else.