Episode Ten, A Masterpiece by Midnight

DVD - 2004
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In the 1960s jazz fragments into the avant-garde and many divided schools of thought. Many jazz musicians like Dexter Gordon are forced to leave America in search of work while others use the music as a form of social protest: Max Roach, Charles Mingus, and Archie Shepp make overtly political musical statements. John Coltrane appeals to a broad audience before his untimely death. Saxophonist Stan Getz helps boost a craze for bossa nova music, but in the early 1970s jazz founders Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington pass away. Miles Davis leads a movement of jazz musicians who incorporate elements of rock and soul into their music and "fusion" wins listeners. By the mid-1980's jazz begins to bounce back led by Wynton Marsalis and a new generation of musicians. Now as it approaches its centennial, jazz is still alive, still changing and still swinging.


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Sep 17, 2015

Episode 10: 60/70's jazz moves into separate 'schools', like Miles Davis' fusion recordings.

Good music and commentary - typical of Ken Burns.

Jun 13, 2014

There are ten DVD disks to Jazz by Ken Burns, so I only want to hit the highlights. It was wonderful to see Chicago and see where Louis Armstrong grew up. The New York City Jazz scene was alive and kicking with both music and dance. There is actual video of the Cotton Club at the height of its popularity. As with all Ken Burns documentaries, its informative and entertaining. Music fans this is for you!

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