Jazz (2001– )
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The Adventure: 1956-1960 

For jazz, the late 1950s is a period of transition when old stars like Billie Holiday and Lester Young will burn out while young talents arise to take the music in new directions. New ... See full summary »

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For jazz, the late 1950s is a period of transition when old stars like Billie Holiday and Lester Young will burn out while young talents arise to take the music in new directions. New virtuosos push the limits of bebop: saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins; jazz diva Sarah Vaughan; and the drummer Art Blakey. But the leading light of the era is Miles Davis whose lush recordings expand the jazz audience; and a cultural icon whose tough-guy charisma comes to define what's hip. As the turbulent Sixties arrive, two saxophonists take jazz into uncharted terrain. John Coltrane explodes the pop tune My Favorite Things, while Ornette Coleman challenges all conventions with a sound he calls "free jazz." Written by Anonymous

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29 January 2001 (USA)  »

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The show started to lose me...
8 March 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Maybe it's just me, but I found the later episodes of "Jazz" very hard to watch. I think much of it is me and my taste. I don't like modern jazz and its lack of apparent structure. To me, it just sounds cacophonous and I found myself tiring about hearing about more and more of these new 'geniuses' succumbing to heroin and self- destruction. Again, I know this is more my problem than the show's.

In this show you learn more about Miles Davis, the West Coast school of jazz (more white folks), Sonny Rollins, the emergence of R&B and rock n roll and more. I would have enjoyed hearing much more about R&B and rock but that isn't the title of this show!

All in all, I had a hard time enjoying this one because of my biases and the show concentrating so much on modern forms of jazz. I can't so much fault them but still didn't enjoy it.


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