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The Miles Quintet honors “The Second Great Miles Davis Quintet” (1964-68) consisting of Miles Davis (trumpet), Herbie Hancock (piano), Wayne Shorter (saxophone), Tony Williams (drums), Ron Carter (bass). The Quintet’s approach to improvisation came to be known “time no changes” or “freebop,” because they abandoned the more conventional chord-change-based approach of bebop for a modal approach.
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Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool was hailed as Time Magazine’s 1994 Album of the Year and was one of the first projects to explore the impact of AIDS upon the African American community. At the time the recording was released, a documentary film was broadcast on PBS and released on VHS home video. To date, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool has never been released on DVD. The documentary explores the consequences brought on by AIDS and features the live innovative collaborations between renowned jazz performers and contemporary hip hop/acid jazz artists that are heard on the album. If you’ve never seen this documentary it’s a must watch. Below is the documentary in it’s entirety. We haven’t seen a documentary with this much social impact combined with innovative jazz/hip hop collaborations since the release of Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool. Some of the collaborations include Donald Byrd, Guru and Ronny Jordan; Mc Solaar and Ron Carter; Me’Shell NdegéOcello and Herbie Hancock; The Roots and Roy Ayers; Digable Planets and Lester Bowie plus many more.
Blue Note – A Story Of Modern Jazz is one of my favorite documentaries. I remember getting this documentary on VHS as part of a “free with purchase” promotion at Borders Books & Music. It was circa 1997 and when I had purchased a Blue Note CD the VHS was a freebie. I was mainly after Horace Silver’s Song For My Father on CD. At the time of purchase I had no idea that I was taking home what turned out to be this priceless documentary about the history of one of the greatest jazz record labels in the world, Blue Note Records.
Everything about this documentary fascinated me. I fell more and more in love with the music, the artists, the cover art and the history of the label every time I watched it. The archival footage is just amazing. Another piece to the fascinating Blue Note story is the Blue Note cover art. The cover art is just as famous as the music and it has it’s own history. This wonderful documentary has since been released on DVD and I have yet to replace my trusty dusty VHS even though it’s worth every penny and should be added to any serious jazz documentary collection. But in the meantime we can all enjoy this full length youtube stream.