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Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 14 June 2019 (USA)
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A revelatory, thrilling and emotional journey behind the scenes of Blue Note Records, the pioneering label that gave voice to some of the finest jazz artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Sophie Huber

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Sophie Huber
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Ambrose Akinmusire Ambrose Akinmusire ... Self
Art Blakey ... Self (archive footage)
Clifford Brown Clifford Brown ... Self (archive footage)
John Coltrane ... Self (archive footage)
Michael Cuscuna Michael Cuscuna ... Self
Miles Davis ... Self (archive footage)
Lou Donaldson Lou Donaldson ... Self
Robert Glasper ... Self
Herbie Hancock ... Self
Derrick Hodge ... Self
Norah Jones ... Self
Kendrick Lamar ... Self (voice)
Keith Lewis Keith Lewis ... Self
Meade 'Lux' Lewis Meade 'Lux' Lewis ... Self (archive footage)
Alfred Lion Alfred Lion ... Self (voice) (archive footage)
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A revelatory, thrilling and emotional journey behind the scenes of Blue Note Records, the pioneering label that gave voice to some of the finest jazz artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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15 September 2019 | by jazfroSee all my reviews

There are three parts to this informative but incomplete documentary -it is incomplete because an authoritative history of the blue note record label would require interviews and testimonies from many more of the witnesses and participants. It is informative because it gives enough time to the interviews to be developed. In my view here are the three parts of the piece: 1. it provides a potted history of blue note, its founders, and key participants. Factually informative. I had read about the rudy van gelder studio, but this is the first time I could see it on film and that was nice. 2. around the third quarter of the movie there's an extended piece about a recording with herbie hancock and wayne shorter, which captures many insights about playing jazz, what improvization is really about, and how this is an opportunity to learn about creativity, teamwork, and leadership. 3. The last chapter of the doco connects the dots between jazz and hip-hop in a very nice way - though this was perhaps the weaker theme of the film. Overall a very watchable and well researched piece. I recommend it highly to anyone curious about jazz, hip-hop, and how this connects to popular culture.


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