A Great Day in Harlem (1995)
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If you wanted to introduce someone to what jazz is all about, this would be an ideal place to start.
For non-buffs, pic fails the acid test of exciting interest where there was little or none before; it could easily have covered the same ground in half its length.
Anyone with the misconception that the spirit of a particular music is not a direct reflection of the souls of the musicians who created it must see A Great Day in Harlem, Jean Bach's small and very moving documentary about the jazz life.
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Nice introduction to jazz, great story, great photo, but unfortunately is a little too arm's-length to inspire much in my opinion.
I?ve had this in my Netflix queue (I know, Netflix, sooooo 2007. But anyway?) forever and it was paired with some Spitball movie documentary and was always pushed back by something b-movie-ish or quasi-scary. And I have a friend who always had this dvd stacked in front of the TV, but never asked to borrow it (I don?t see them that often). Well, the standalone documentary is not on instant view and I didn?t know since it was different. This is a historic, legendary, iconic, every superlative descriptive term photo. This documentary interviews a lot of them and those involved in taking the photo, but even more so has all the other photos and video that someone was taking during that time. Everyone?s personality was great and there are back stories to many of the others that were not as popular. Great, great, great. Go see it. Great.