It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story Unclassified 15+
The impeccably stylish history of legendary jazz label Blue Note, executive produced by Wim Wenders.
After escaping Nazi Berlin, childhood friends Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff reunited in New York City in 1939 and created one of the most influential jazz labels in history. The giants they enlisted – Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman – shaped Blue Note’s quintessential cool.
The label’s reign spanned the civil rights movement, mapped the evolution from boogie woogie to bebop, and birthed a design style (regularly featuring Wolff’s photography) that defined the jazz age and is still imitated today.
Director Eric Friedler recreates Wolff and Lion’s vision of the true American art form through moody animation, indelible photographs and footage, contemporary insider interviews (including Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins) and, of course, the music.
“An unusually lustrous gem.” – The Wall Street Journal