Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes

Documentary | PG | 85 min.


Uptown Theatre 1 Sun, Feb 23, 2020 4:30 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2018
Rating:PG - for brief language
Production Country:USA
Original Langauge:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Sophie Huber
Cast:Ambrose Akinmusire
Miles Davis
Herbie Hancock
John Coltrane
Wayne Shorter
Norah Jones
Don Was
Produced By:Hercli Bundi
Chiemi Karasawa
Susanne Guggenberger
Sophie Huber
Screenwriter:Sophie Huber
Music By:Charlotte Godfrey
Gabi Huckins


“Sophie Huber's consistently fascinating documentary about Blue Note Records leaves you wishing only one thing: it should have been longer.” – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

“Even if jazz is not your thing, Huber's rich musical history of its preeminent label is something to sink into.” – Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews

Through rare archival footage, current recording sessions and conversations with Blue Note artists, the film reveals a powerful mission and illuminates the vital connections between jazz and hip hop. One of the most important record labels in the history of jazz — and, by extension, that of American music — Blue Note Records has been home to such groundbreaking artists as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Bud Powell and Art Blakey, as well as present-day luminaries like Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire and Norah Jones. Founded in New York in 1939 by German Jewish refugees Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, the history of Blue Note Records goes beyond the landmark recordings, encompassing the pursuit of musical freedom, the conflict between art and commerce and the idea of music as a transformative and revolutionary force.

Awards: 4 Wins, 10 Nominations
Nominee, Audience Award, Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, 2018
Nominee, Audience Award – Best Documentary, Cork International Film Festival, 2018
Nominee, John Schlesinger Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2019
Winner, Programmers Award – Documentary, Pan African Film Festival, 2019
Nominee, Audience Award – Best Documentary, Sheffield International Documentary Festival, 2018
Nominee, Audience Award – Documentary, Tribeca Film Festival, 2018

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