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History of Jazz: Oxygen for the Ears (2012)

Oxygen for the Ears: Living Jazz (original title)
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'Oxygen for the Ears: Living Jazz' is a story of the trials and triumphs of jazz in America. Every jazz tune has a starting point - a simple note - from which the music starts its journey and rises. 'Oxygen for the Ears' portrays Washington D.C. as such a departure point for its documentary story, 'Living Jazz'. Written by Anonymous

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For jazz hardcores only
19 December 2013 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Those who already love jazz will find plenty to like in this mish-mash of a documentary, but it struggles to maintain focus, covers arbitrary subjects in a random manner, and has some technical issues with sound, never a good thing when music is what you're about. Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and John Coltrane get attention, and the early years of jazz in New Orleans is covered nicely, but this isn't a history lesson and the connections between "chapters" are tenuous at best. Not nearly in the class of "The Girls in the Band," a wonderful documentary on forgotten women in the music's history, and not particularly worthwhile for the uninitiated.


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