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Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

Sophie Huber, 85 min

Switzerland, United States, 2018

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

Jazzy coolness meets today's self-conscious, black music scene in an excellent film about the visionary record label behind the legendary covers.

The iconic record covers from Blue Note Records are the epitome of Jazzy coolness. From Miles Davis and Monk to Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter (who both make an appearance here), the Blue Note logo has been an absolute hallmark. Now, the record company has its own film, which can match its towering level. Recorded in the studio during conversations and sessions with both the legends and younger musicians, who set the standards today - just listen in on Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly'! The story begins when the two German founders Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff flee from Berlin to the United States in the late 1930s and start to publish new music. A project where music evolves in line with the struggle for civil rights and recognition, and this struggle is still going on. The musical freedom across generations has a political resonance in the visionary music, which builds bridges between jazz and today's black scene. You don't have to be a jazz head to be on the Blue Note beat. But if you aren't one already, you definitely will be!

Director: Sophie Huber
Original Title: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes
Country: Switzerland, United States
Year: 2018
Running time: 85 min
Dialogue: English
Series: SOUND & VISION
Category: Music
Tags: MusicFilms
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Producer: Susanne Guggenberger, Chiemi Karasawa, Sophie Huber, Hercli Bundi
Production Company: Mira Film GmbH, Isotope Films
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