Why Dexter Gordon's "Round Midnight" is 1st among jazz films

Jan 23, 2014

KUVO's morning show "First Take with Lando and Chavis" has launched a new feature, "Jazz on Film." KUVO music volunteer and educational consultant Matthew Goldwasser, Ph.D. chose French director Bertrand Tavernier's 1986 film "'Round Midnight" as first in the canon. Real life saxophone legend Dexter Gordon played in the starring role.  The movie is "an exceptional portrait of a be-bop player in a world where jazz is highly revered by the fans, but not so much by the larger artistic world," Goldwasser said.  The music on this track is from the soundtrack to the motion picture "'Round Midnight" by Herbie Hancock. The title track "'Round Midnight" provided the introduction, and "Society Red" showed us out.