Wednesday, June 20, 2018

1959: The Year That Changed Jazz (2009)

1959: The Year That Changed Jazz, a BBC documentary directed by Paul Bernays, first broadcast in 2009. The British broadcaster writes about that year, 1959: “Four major jazz albums were made, each a high watermark for the artists and a powerful reflection of the times. Each opened up dramatic new possibilities for jazz which continue to be felt: Miles Davis, Kind of Blue; Dave Brubeck, Time Out; Charles Mingus, Mingus Ah Um; and Ornette Coleman, The Shape of Jazz to Come.” If art reflects the zeitgeist of a period in time, and music is its accessible language, then this musical documentary will help you understand such times as these, which led to the 1960s and the civil rights era with all of its attendant hopes, dreams, aspirations and opportunities for a better life for all of America’s residents. Such changes were not quietly planned in a dark corner of an oak-paneled private club, but were brought about in the light of day, in the light of justice, in the light of undeniable truth through street protests, through the courts and through the legislatures. Such is the way it is; change never comes easy. It takes a multitude of men and women of conscience acting on their conscience.
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