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About The Film
A horn riff. A thump of the bass. A tinkle of the keys, followed by the “boom-bap” of the drums. These are the hallmarks of pioneering jazz label Blue Note Records, the first recording showcase of talents like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and many more iconic jazz legends. Gorgeous black-and-white archival photographs, album covers, and stirring video of live performances by jazz greats are underscored by a crisp, rich soundtrack spanning the record label’s 80-year history. ”Beyond the notes,” the unlikely partnerships behind Blue Note Records supported great art and artists and fostered creativity, equality, and freedom of expression. The rise of this improbable empire, founded by German-Jewish refugees in 1939, is chronicled in this new documentary, in which we see jazz as a metaphor for escape from repression, frustration, and restraint.