Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes – smARTfilms: Jazz
(2018, 1h 26min)
This documentary details the history of Blue Note Records, one of the most renowned labels in jazz 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.. Beginning with its founding in 1939 by German immigrants who fled the Nazis, and tracing its succession of great artists from Thelonious Monk to Herbie Hancock and Norah Jones, the film also looks at the label’s broader influences on contemporary hip-hop.
Artwork: Julie Sevilla Drake, Bear Falls Apart, 2020. Courtesy of the Artist.