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Miles Ahead: A Powerhouse Film, But is it the Truth?

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Don Cheadle Miles Ahead Sony Pictures Classics 2015 Miles Davis happens to have been actor Don Cheadle's long-time hero, and he mulled over the idea of a film about him for several years. In contemplating his directorial and screenwriting debut based on Davis' life, Cheadle could have chosen among several formats: a chronological account; the story of his music with documentary footage; or perhaps a “newsflash" version of key events from the trumpeter's tumultuous life ...

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Frank Zappa: The Lost Broadcast - The Full Performance

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Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention The Lost Broadcast -The Full Performance Gonzo Multimedia 2016 There aren't many videos floating around of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, but The Lost Broadcast should be received with welcome arms by loyal Zappa enthusiasts and others who still have a burning interest in his legacy. Recorded in 1968 at the Beat Club in Bremen, Germany, and broadcasted for a German TV station in 1970, the ...

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Tubby Hayes: A Man In A Hurry

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Tubby Hayes A Man In A Hurry Mono Media Films 2015 Tubby Hayes -the finest jazz musician Britain ever produced and one of the unheralded greats of the genre. Powerful claims, but there are plenty of jazz fans (not only in the UK) who're in favor of both of them: A Man In A Hurry is a lovingly-crafted documentary that offers plenty of evidence in their support. Hayes was primarily a tenor ...

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Jaco Pastorius: Jaco

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Jaco Pastorius JACO Slang East/West 2015 If you think you know the legendary Jaco Pastorius, you may not, until you see this film produced by Metallica's Robert Trujillo and directed by Paul Marchand. Not only does it contain liberal samples of Pastorius' music throughout his career, it includes home movies, location shots, and other live footage as well as new and past interviews that reveal Pastorius in all his glory and vulnerability, including ...

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Rolling Stones From the Vault: Live at Leeds Roundhay Park 1982

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Rolling Stones From the Vault: Live at Leeds Roundhay Park 1982 Eagle Vision 2015 Since they began to suck in the Seventies, the Rolling Stones have turned the concept of a band hiatus into an effective modus operandi for consistent rediscovery. And that, in turn, has presented an opportunity they've maximized with a increasingly high-tech stage production that presents perfect fodder for their archiving series. The steady stream of From the Vault releases ultimately ...

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Rick Stepton: Off-The-Cuff Trombone

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There's a fascinating--almost stunning--moment mid-way through Off-the-Cuff Trombone wherein the late Buddy Rich is accompanying and intently observing trombonist Rick Stepton as Stepton solos with great intensity and zeal. Perceptive eyes can see that Rich, the toughest of tough customers, is visibly and physically moved at what he's heard. It's a not-so-subtle acknowledgement of the utmost respect of one musician to another. It is also one of the many intriguing moments in this videographic re-telling of Stepton's marvelous career in ...

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Church - Atlanta Pop Festival July 4, 1970

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Jimi Hendrix Electric Church: Atlanta Pop Festival July 4, 1970 Legacy Music 2015 In front of the largest audience he would ever entertain, jimi Hendrix used a select few numbers from his early days-"Fire," “Spanish Castle Magic"--to erect a new persona for himself with more recently composed tunes such as “Room Full of Mirrors," his visionary cover of Bob Dylan's “All Along the Watchtower" and an abiding reliance on the blues, here in the form ...

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Rolling Stones From the Vault: Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990

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Rolling Stones Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990 Eagle Vision 2015 As stylized as are the Rolling Stones' 'From the Vault' packages of CD's and DVD/Blu-rays, the uniformity of their design also reflects the care the iconic British band is applying to their archiving project. From video restoration to new mixes from the renowned Bob Clearmountain, their now steady stream of releases accurately documents that progressive reinvention of the Rolling Stones as a band, within ...


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