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Blue Note - A Story Of Modern Jazz

Blue Note - A Story Of Modern Jazz

The story of Blue Note Records is the story of Alfred Lion and Frank Wolff, two German Jews from Berlin, who emigrated to New York in 1939 and made a profession out of their love for black music. Like the USA's oppressed minority of the black population, the two find a second home in this music. From Thelonious Monk to Art Blakey, Bud Powell, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, through to Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor: Unlike any other record label, Blue Note drew our attention over several decades to a number of the most important jazz musicians and set unsurpassed standards. Blue Note was the first record company to understand that there was a link between the look of a record and the music featured on it. Consequently, Blue Note records not only influenced musicians but also designers, filmmakers, actors and even sportsmen. The film covers music history from the company's beginnings in boogie woogie through swing, bebop, hardbop, modern jazz and avantgarde to the present day. At the same time, the film looks at the fascinating combination of European heritage with the purest form of American culture - jazz.
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1996
Director Julian Benedikt
Screenplay Julian Benedikt
Cinematography Wiliam Rexer
Andrew Hulme
Cast Carlos Santana, Bertrand Tavernier, Cassandra Wilson, Herbie Hancock, DJ Smash, André Previn, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Max Roach
Producer Ulli Pfau
Production Company EuroArts Entertainment/Stuttgart, in co-production with ARTE, SDR/Stuttgart
Runtime 90 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Language
 German/English/French
Subtitled Versions German, English
Sound Technology Dolby
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg

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