A Film by Ken Burns

DVD - 2004
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10 episodes tracing the history of jazz from its roots in the African-American community of New Orleans to its heights and continuing presence ; from blues and ragtime to swing, bebop and fusion.


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Nov 14, 2017

Terrific! Well-paced, sympathetic, and informative. Its a rather big subject, and I can't imagine it being done any better. It was awkward to watch it all in one week (its in high demand, always being requested) because its nineteen hours long! The use of archival photographs, which were zoomed in on, zoomed out of, and panned across, was done extremely well - it was never boring to watch, never lagged. I didn't like a few things about it: most of the musicological innovations were very quickly explained (and without illustration), the 1930's had two discs (well, one and half) devoted to it, and everything from the early 1960s onwards was shunted into one program (the last).

Mar 18, 2017

This 10 DVD PBS Ken Burns collection is well worth watching. (#6 is missing) I especially enjoyed the earlier films because of the many old photographs that enrich my knowledge of those early years in the evolution of the music we have been hearing all our lives. It is top heavy with concentration on Duke Ellington & Louis Armstrong, but in my opinion, you can't show too much Satchmo.

melhlo Aug 10, 2015

When is my DVD coming

Sep 04, 2013

Another stellar multi-part documentary by Ken Burns & PBS. Regardless of if you're new to the genre or a self-professed Louis Armstrong wizard, this movie will bring out the Jazz-nut in all of us. 5/5

Mar 16, 2010

With interspresed comments by notible experts, including the inimitable Wynton Marsalis, this set bringsunderstanding to the most universal form of music. Truly a magnificiant explanation of the conversation that musicians and audiances can have when they hear this musical form.

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