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Sam Cooke: Legend

Read "Sam Cooke: Legend" reviewed by Doug Collette


Sam Cooke Legend Abkco 2021 With a running time of seventy minutes, the documentary on singer/composer/producer Sam Cooke is far shorter than the bonus material included on the DVD of Legend. But in its own way, that's fitting as the late r&b/soul icon's lasting influence, based on his varied career as an artist, entrepreneur and civil rights activist, far outstrips the actual duration of his life. Sam Cooke's greatest ambition was also his greatest achievement, ...

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Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Capitol Session '73

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Bob Marley and the Wailers The Capitol Session '73 Mercury Studios 2021 Talk about buried treasure indeed! Bob Marley and The Wailers The Capitol Session '73 would not exist in this CD/DVD package (or it's other configurations) if not for a series of deceptively fortuitous events that occurred nearly a half-century ago. As described by author John Masouri in his comprehensive liner notes, it all sounds implausible—especially considering some of the names involved—except that it's ...

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Fire Music: The Story of Free Jazz

Read "Fire Music: The Story of Free Jazz" reviewed by Chris May


Fire Music: The Story of Free Jazz Submarine Deluxe 2021 There is much to like about this lovingly put together history of the so-called free jazz of the 1960s and 1970s. Over a decade in the making, the film, directed by self- declared genre obsessive Tom Surgal, is a compilation of interviews with, and archive performances by, many of the luminaries of the movement. Practically every minute of spoken- word content in the 88-minute ...

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Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

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Various Artists Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Onyx Collective/Searchlight Pictures 2021 One of the most thought-provoking moments in Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson's documentary on the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival comes from a festival attendee, looking back from the distant perspective of half a century. “I had never seen so many black people before," he recalls, still awestruck, all these years later, at the memory of 50,000 black people gathered ...

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The Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach DVD/CD

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Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach UME/Mercury Studios/Rolling Stones Records 2021 Rolling Stones concerts have been synonymous with spectacle since the Seventies, but never more so than in recent years, especially in the case of their free concerts as documented on A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach. Like the similarly-conceived and executed Havana Moon (Eagle Rock, 2016), this stage production is the definition of grandiose, here including a bridge specially-constructed to ...

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The Modern Jazz Quartet: From Residency To Legacy

Read "The Modern Jazz Quartet: From Residency To Legacy" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


There are plenty of fictional stories about utopian societies where life is good and everybody gets along. Of course, the word utopia literally means “no place," suggesting that an actual utopia is nothing more than an illusion, but that hasn't stopped people from trying. Although there are many utopian societies that didn't work, there are a few real world attempts that have come close. One such example could be The Music Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts. Even though it wasn't a ...

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Sisters With Transistors

Read "Sisters With Transistors" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Sisters With Transistors Director: Lisa RovnerMetrograph Pictures86 minutes 2021 The history of electronic music has always been a male-dominated tale, which is odd given just how formative women have been in its development. Writer and director Lisa Rovner's fascinating documentary Sisters With Transistors addresses this historical imbalance in honoring the pioneering women who forged uncharted paths in electronic music/experimental sound. As narrator Laurie Anderson relates, it is a story of ..."women ...


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