Jazz on Film

Jazz on Film: Charles Lloyd's Transcendent Moments

Apr 17, 2015

“The best music causes molecular changes in the atmosphere around the players and their audience. Once you hear the music you are never the same. We go out somewhere and we don’t come back the same.”  -- Charles Lloyd

Jazz on Film: Stormy Weather - song and dance celebration

Mar 19, 2015
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The 1943 film "Stormy Weather" is a big Hollywood musical with an all-black cast featuring many of the top entertainers of the day. It is also a snapshot into the state of Black America both inside Hollywood and in the United States. That makes this a little bit of a schizophrenic film to review.

Jazz on Film: A Studio Romantic, Arif Mardin

Mar 10, 2015

From the 1950s to the 1980s Atlantic Records turned out the freshest, most cutting edge and soulful records in Jazz, R & B, Rock and Roll, and Pop music. The brain trust of the brothers Ahmet and Neshui Ertegun along with producer Jerry Wexler and engineer Tom Dowd cranked out one classic record after another, hit after hit and made the label Atlantic synonymous with taste and class in their relationships with the artists. Arif Mardin was the fifth member of that group and is the least well-known but no less influential.

Despite all the unique personalities and wonderful music they produced one has to look hard to find movies where jazz stories are front and center, especially in recent decades.

Jazz on Film: Rollins - Last of the Great Jazz Redwoods

Feb 6, 2015

Once upon a time there were titans who needed only one name to be identified--Hawk, Prez, Bird, Trane; all of them saxophonists. Sonny Rollins is probably that last living link to these giants, and he played with them all, as well as Mingus, Bud Powell Miles, Dizzy, Monk, Clifford Brown and Max Roach. In 1948 he made his first recordings at age 17 and has led his own groups, made records, and toured the world for over 60 years. He is a master of tone and rhythm, with a simultaneously sincere and insouciant way of quoting popular tunes or phrases into his solos.

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