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Amy, The Movie: The Pure Artist, the Singular Voice, and the Fragile Heart of Amy Winehouse

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Amy Winehouse Amy Produced by James Gay-Rees, George Pank, Paul Bell Directed by Asif Kapadia 2015 I attended an advance screening this week of Amy, the Amy Winehouse documentary that was co-sponsored by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (GRAMMY) and the New Orleans Film Society. The movie hits the theaters Friday July 10, 2015. While the inevitable, tragic ending of the narrative and the roller-coaster ride that is the struggle to ...

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Kenneth Whalum III: Taking Jazz Away From The Norm

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Kenneth Whalum III, a young jazz saxophonist, continues to grow and shine with his musical exploits. He's performed and helped shaped the live musical experiences of today's top hip-hop artists including Ludacris and Jay-Z, in addition to pop stars such as Justin Timberlake, Ciara and Bruno Mars. One person described Whalum's sound as “creatively engaging, intense, and artistically real, pushing the conventional boundaries of contemporary emerging artists." You can also hear him on the recently released The Gospel According To ...

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The Time Capsule: Live At The Palace Of Arts Budapest

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Endre-eNerd The Time Capsule: Live at the Palace of Arts Budapest Hunnia Records & Film Production 2014 The Time Capsule is one incredibly detailed production. Drummer Endre Huszar--a.k.a. Endre-eNerd--spared no expense in capturing every aspect of this live performance that took place at the Joe Zawinul Memorial Day at the Palace of Arts Budapest. Three-hundred-and-sixty degree camera work, High Definition 3D video, and 5.1 Surround/Stereo Sound are all part of this impressive Blu-Ray release. ...

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Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued

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Elvis Costello/Jim James/Marcus Mumford/Taylor Goldsmith/Rhiannon Giddens Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued Eagle Vision 2015 Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued was originally broadcast on the Showtime network at the time of the release of The New Basement Tapes: Lost on the River (Harvest, 2014), in part to take the place of extensive live performance. In the form of DVD/Blu Ray, it serves the same purpose, as depiction of the circumstances by which the otherwise ...

Romantic Warriors III - Canterbury Tales

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Adele Schmidt and José Zegarra Holder (Directors/Writers) Romantic Warriors III -Canterbury Tales Zeitgeist Media 2015 Progdocs third documentary film on the progressive music scene hits the motherload focussing on the very start of it all. The so-called Canterbury Scene started with The Wilde Flowers, a nascent version of Soft Machine and to some extent precursor of Caravan too. The Canterbury name emanates from the shared geographical area of some of the scene's chief ...

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Abbey Rader Get Free

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Artist Abbey Rader Abbey Rader: Get Free Swampvalve Pictures 2015 Drummer Abbey Rader is one of the most relentlessly explorative and idiosyncratic improvisers in jazz. He has a unique approach that stems from his rich and multifaceted experiences that has shaped his overall life outlook. So how can all this be told in only 20 minutes? Filmmaker J.L. Rubiera manages it poignantly and with elegant flair. His Abbey Rader: Get Free distills the essence ...

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J Geils Band: House Party Live in Germany

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J. Geils Band House Party: Live in Germany Eagle Vision 2015 It's arguable the original lineup of the J. Geils Band remained in its prime all the way from their splendid eponymous debut album through a series of almost equally potent but ever so slightly varied successors in the Seventies into the widespread popularity that ensued with the commercial breakthrough of “Centerfold" in the eighties. House Party Live in Germany exemplifies how and why as ...

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Jazz on Film: Caveat Emptor

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There are good documentaries about jazz. A person can see the films listed on this site and walk away without reaching for the gas pipe. But, as the furor around the film Whiplash (well, to jazz people it was furor) reminds us, it's wise to keep the bar low. When Hollywood does jazz, it should stick to hagiography and cheesy romance: The Benny Goodman Story, The Fabulous Dorseys, The Glenn Miller Story; these are really just the Lindbergh, Curie and Young ...



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