Jazz on Film

Jaco: Wild, Untamed, Complicated | Jazz on Film Review

Jan 21, 2016

In the world of bass guitar there is everyone before Jaco Pastorius and there is everyone after him. In the history of 20th century music only a handful of musicians stand out as truly revolutionizing what was possible from their instruments. Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix, and Jaco Pastorius are in that elite group. Interestingly, none of them lived beyond their early 30s and all three are instantly recognizable by one name only—Bird, Jimi, Jaco.

There’s no reference to Christmas or Santa, but “Cabin in the Sky” is full of heavenly imagery and the spiritual struggles within a man.  In the seasonal tug between materialism and morality, I find it the perfect holiday film.

Little Joe Jackson has money problems, gambling with some dangerous gangsters… and he has woman problems too.  But after taking a bullet at a nightclub, Joe has some business to do with the Almighty.  As he lays at the brink of death, which way will he go - the redemptive path of righteousness and salvation, or the drinking and womanizing of his past?

Jazz Man for the New World Phil Woods on DVD

Nov 5, 2015

“I love the triumvirate—Benny [Carter], [Johnny] Hodges, and Bird, but Bird spoke of the new world and as a young man I wanted to be involved in the New World.”

I Like It Like That: Favreau's "Chef" offers food, music, heart

Oct 1, 2015

As the film opens, the Wild Magnolias’ version of "Iko Iko/Brother John" is slowly pumping up the volume while the camera zooms in on close-ups of a chef’s hands expertly dicing up fennel fronds, zesting lemons, seasoning pots, and slicing up juicy fruit sections.  It’s mouth watering and it’s funky and you know something tasty is getting ready to happen in “Chef” (2014).

The Better Your Left Hand, the Better the Music will Sound

Sep 3, 2015

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