Friday, October 14, 2011

Jazz Docs

I'm taking a break for the weekend. However, in the meantime, here's a few GREAT Jazz documentaries to keep you occupied:

There is something to be said about great documentaries filmed about Jazz musicians and capturing their music and personalities on film. These ones, in particular, are good examples and will hopefully stand the test of time.

In recent times Ken Burns PBS series JAZZ is probably the most significant Jazz doc of our time. It's very good, however I feel that it skipped over certain musicians and didn't devote quite enough attention to certain important aspects of the music that really deserved it. Maybe it was just about 10 episodes too short? But I think it's still worth watching and there is much to be learned, even if it doesn't necessarily tell the entire story.

Having said that, the best recent Jazz documentary that I've come across is Icons Among Us: Jazz In The Present Tense I've blogged about this one before and I think it's an excellent cinematic effort that attempts to show all that is good and currently happening in Jazz music today. Make sure to check it out.

Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense from John Comerford on Vimeo.

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