Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

John Schlesinger Award
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Audience Award ~ Documentary
Tribeca Film Festival
Damn-near immaculate music documentary.


Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

One of the most important record labels in the history of jazzy — and, by extension, that of American music — Blue Note Records has been home to such groundbreaking artists as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Bud Powell and Art Blakey, as well as present-day luminaries like Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire and Norah Jones. Founded in New York in 1939 by German Jewish refugees Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, the history of Blue Note Records goes beyond the landmark recordings, encompassing the pursuit of musical freedom, the conflict between art and commerce and the idea of music as a transformative and revolutionary force. Through rare archival footage, current recording sessions and conversations with jazz icons Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and today’s groundbreaking Blue Note musicians, BLUE NOTE RECORDS: BEYOND THE NOTES reveals a powerful mission and illuminates the vital connections between jazz and hip hop.

Documentary, Jazz, Music, Pop Culture, Women and Film
Sophie Huber
Nominee, John Schlesinger Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival
Nominee, Audience Award ~ Documentary, Tribeca Film Festival
Leonard Maltin

As a jazz aficionado I expected to hear a lot of good music in this documentary and anticipated a certain amount of archival footage and interviews with some of the great musicians who appeared on the Blue Note label over the years. But I never could have guessed where Swiss filmmaker Sophie Huber ...

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