Blue Note Records is forever linked to many of the most important milestones in the history of jazz. Home to a roster of jazz artists who shaped the art of jazz that is now interwoven into the American story.
The celebratory documentary, Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes, premiered in 2018 on the international film scene. Appearing in international film festivals throughout the world to wide acclaim. Starting this summer, the film will make its way to the United States with a showing in New York City at the Metrograph on June 14. Wider release in the US is scheduled this summer to be followed by TV broadcasts, streaming, and a for purchase DVD.
Swedish filmmaker and director Sophie Huber provides an extensive look into the history of Blue Note Records from its early days to modern times. Huber describes her efforts as such:
“What moves me particularly about the Blue Note story is that throughout the testing time of its existence, a core of humanity and integrity has always remained: This is a story about people who followed their passion and – against all odds – built a lasting platform for a music they loved, a music that was cathartic for them, that represented freedom, both to the German Jewish founders and to the African American musicians. The founders’ vision is still palpable today, with Don Was as Blue Note’s president and a new generation of very talented young musicians that continues to move the music forward, leaving their own imprints.”
The film features many jazz artists who were a part of the Blue Note Record experience during the past few decades. Including the likes of Herbie Hancock, Don Was, Wayne Shorter, Lou Donaldson, Rudy Van Gelder, Michael Cuscuna, Robert Glasper, Norah Jones, Kendrick Scott, and Marcus Strickland, among several others.
The film is a significant chronicle of how the record label influenced the jazz idiom. Examining the cultural impact through the eyes and voices of the jazz musicians and producers themselves.
Let us hope that this film is made available in our area soon – a must-see for all.