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History of Jazz: Oxygen for the Ears (2012)

Oxygen for the Ears: Living Jazz (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, History, Music | 1 June 2012 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Stefan Immler

Writers:

Stefan Immler, Tom Walker (co-writer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Esperanza Spalding ... Herself
ELEW ... Himself (as Eric Lewis)
Ravi Coltrane Ravi Coltrane ... Himself
Joe Byrd Joe Byrd ... Himself
Butch Warren Butch Warren ... Himself
Chuchito Valdés Chuchito Valdés ... Himself
Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk ... Himself
Buck Hill Buck Hill ... Himself
Billy Taylor Billy Taylor ... Himself
Ernie Watts Ernie Watts ... Himself
Steve Wilson Steve Wilson ... Himself
Antonio Parker Antonio Parker ... Himself
Dwayne Adell Dwayne Adell ... Himself
Akua Allrich Akua Allrich ... Herself
Larry Appelbaum Larry Appelbaum ... Himself
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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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USA

Language:

English

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1 June 2012 (USA) See more »

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History of Jazz: Oxygen for the Ears See more »

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Giganova Productions See more »
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For jazz hardcores only
19 December 2013 | by scottfrenchSee 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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