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Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

By EM Fredric

HOLLYWOOD, CA (The Hollywood Times) June 10, 2019 – Music is in the air with more documentaries and movies coming out and celebrating this vital form of entertainment. Director – Sophie Huber’s – Blue Note Records gives rare archival footage along with conversations with jazz greats Herbie Hancock and Wayner Shorter as they come together with a different generation of musicians. The film informs us that there is and has been a creative process that connects jazz and hip hop.



Home to the groundbreakers of their day at Blue Note was a casa for Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and Bud Powell and by extension to today’s Norah Jones, Ambrose Akinmusire and Robert Glasper.


Founded in New York City by German Jewish refugees Francis Wolff and Alfred Lion in 1939 we are witness to a unique family of musicians that blend with these two men who believed in them so much. The artistic freedom, the well-known recordings are but a footnote to the history of what Blue Note Records represented to musicians and the owners alike. The film displays a powerful mission with an intimate color-free window into the creativity process, freedom of expression, open dialogue, equality that is what jazz has always celebrated as its core traits.

Jazz aficionados and hip hop lovers will have a real respect for this film.

The documentary has played over 50 international film festivals after its premiere at Tribeca in 2018.

The film opened to critical acclaim in the UK and Canada in the spring of 2019 and Eagle Rock Entertainment releases it on June 14, 2019 in New York and June 28, 2019 in Los Angeles


Opening June 14thMetrograph in New York City

Opening June 28thLaemmle Santa Monica in Los Angeles