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It Must Schwing - The Blue Note Story ()


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In 1939, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two young émigrés from Berlin, founded the legendary jazz label Blue Note Records in New York. The label dedicated itself exclusively to the recording... See more »

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George Benson
Kenny Burrell
Ron Carter ...
Ron Carter
Michael Cuscuna ...
Michael Cuscuna
Lou Donaldson
Benny Golson
Jimmy Heath ...
Jimmy Heath
Sheila Jordan
Rolf Kühn ...
Rolf Kühn
Bennie Maupin ...
Bennie Maupin
Cecil McBee ...
McBee, Cecil
Dan Morgenstern ...
Dan Morgenstern
Barry Singer ...
Barry Singer
Charles P. Tolliver II ...
Charles Tolliver
Rudy Van Gelder ...
Rudy Van Gelder
Peter von Drenkmann ...
Peter von Drenkmann
Kenneth Wolfe ...
Kenneth Wolfe
Reggie Workman ...
Reggie Workman

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Eric Friedler

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Eric Friedler ... ()

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Thomas Beyer ... associate producer
Christoph Bungartz ... commissioning editor
Stefan Gerdes ... associate producer
Melanie Hillmann ... line producer
Uwe Kiefer ... associate producer
Silke Schütze ... producer
Renée Silverman ... producer: usa
Sohar Solomon ... associate producer
Thore Vollert ... associate producer
Wim Wenders ... executive producer

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Thomas Schäfer

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Berndt Burghardt

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Ronney Afortu ... colorist
Benjamin Wüpper ... post-production coordinator

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Daniel Buresch ... production manager

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Sascha Heiny ... supervising sound editor

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Markus 'Maggi' Selchow ... compositing

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Christoph Klein ... assistant camera

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Tetyana Chernyavska ... animator
Rainer Ludwigs ... animator

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Andrea Dams ... production assistant
Susann Knießner ... production assistant
Sarah Richter ... production assistant
Sofia Celeste Tate ... production assistant

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In 1939, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two young émigrés from Berlin, founded the legendary jazz label Blue Note Records in New York. The label dedicated itself exclusively to the recording of American jazz music and developed its own unmistakeable recording style and sound. Blue Note Records discovered and produced an impressive roster of international jazz stars. This included Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk and Quincy Jones. At a time when Afro-American musicians in the USA were discriminated against and ostracised, Blue Note records respected them as artists and equals. Not only did the label value their talents, it also gave them a much-needed platform. "It Must Schwing!" tells the moving story of two friends, united by a passionate love for jazz, and of their profound belief in equality and freedom for every single human being.

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  • Blue Note (Poland)
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  • 115 min
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