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Film Series : 25th Anniversary Black Harvest Film Festival

It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story

2018, Eric Friedler, Germany, 114 min.

Show Times

  • Tue, Aug 6th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Aug 7th 8:00pm

"Lively, moving, and intimate."— Chuck Bowen, Slant

Blue Note Records was the premier jazz label—it had the deepest roster of artists, the best recording quality, the best album covers, the sharpest ear for new directions, and the least exploitative attitude toward their mostly African American musicians. It was founded in 1939 by two young Jewish German refugees, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. The outgoing Lion and the introverted Wolff were temperamental opposites, but their shared love of jazz cemented a lifelong friendship and shaped a company motivated by passion rather than profit. Eric Friedler's beautifully crafted documentary, executive-produced by Wim Wenders, is a feast for the eyes and ears, featuring classic recordings by Bechet, Monk, Coltrane, Blakey, Rollins, and many more; Francis Wolff's brilliant recording-session photographs and Reid Miles's iconic album covers; enchanting photorealistic animated sequences to recreate key events; and heartfelt reminiscences by surviving musicians, relatives, and employees. DCP digital. (MR)

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