Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes
Dir. Sophie Huber | 85 min
Documentary Switzerland / United States 2018 English
Wednesday, February 67:30 PM E Street Cinema
An exploration of the vision behind the iconic American jazz record label Blue Note Records. Since 1939, Blue Note artists have been encouraged to push creative boundaries in search of uncompromising expressions. Through current recording sessions, rare archive and conversations with iconic Blue Note artists, the film reveals an intimate perspective of a legacy that continues to be vital in today’s political climate.
Legendary artists Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter come together with today’s generation of groundbreaking Blue Note artists such as Robert Glasper and Ambrose Akinmusire to record an All-Stars album. These reflections lead us back to the highly influential figures of the past on which the legacy of Blue Note is built: Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Miles Davis. This incisive documentary strives to transmit the values that jazz embodies and that Blue Note has promoted since its inception: freedom of expression, equality, dialogue – values we can learn from and that are as relevant today as they were when the label was founded.