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The Blues

(Seven-Part Set)
Martin Scorsese - Baker & Taylor-Video
BLUES DVD SET OF 7

The Blues

(Seven-Part Set)
Martin Scorsese - Baker & Taylor-Video
The celebrated PBS series "The Blues" captures the essence of this unique musical form and delves into its global cultural influence, from its roots in Africa to its inspirational role in today's music. Each of the 7 parts in the series is presented by a different world-famous director. Part 1, Feel Like Going Home (Martin Scorsese) pays homage to the Delta Blues. Musician Corey Harris travels through Mississippi and on to West Africa, exploring the roots of the music. The film celebrates the early Delta bluesmen through original performances (including Willie King, Taj Mahal, Otha Turner and Ali Farka Toure) and rare archival footage featuring Son House, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker. Part 2, The Soul of a Man (Wim Wenders) explores the lives of Wenders' favorite blues artists-Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson, and J. B. Lenoir-in a film that is part history and part personal pilgrimage. The film tells the story of these artists' lives in music through a fictional film-within-a-film, rare archival footage, and treatments of their songs by contemporary musicians, including Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed, Eagle Eye Cherry, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the John Spencer Blues Explosion, Cassandra Wilson, Garland Jeffreys, Los Lobos and others. Part 3, The Road to Memphis (Richard Pearce) traces the musical odyssey of blues legend B. B. King in this film that pays tribute to the city that gave birth to a new style of blues. Pearce's homage to Memphis features original performances by B. B. King, Bobby Rush, Rosco Gordon and Ike Turner, as well as historical footage of Howlin' Wolf and Rufus Thomas. Part 4, Warming by the Devil's Fire (Charles Burnett) presents a tale about a young boy's encounter with his family in Mississippi in the 1950s, and intergenerational tensions between the heavenly strains of gospel and the devilish moans of the blues. Part 5, Godfathers and Sons (Marc Levin) travels to Chicago with hip-hop legend Chuck D (of "Public Enemy") and Marshall Chess (heir to the Chess Records legacy) to explore the heyday of Chicago blues as they unite to produce an album that seeks to bring veteran blues players together with contemporary hip-hop musicians. Along with never-before-seen archival footage of Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band are original performances by Koko Taylor, Otis Rush, Magic Slim, Ike Turner, and Sam Lay. Part 6, Red, White and Blues (Mike Figgis) joins musicians such as Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Tom Jones, performing and talking about the music of the early sixties British invasion that reintroduced the blues sound to America. Part 7, Piano Blues (Clint Eastwood) explores Eastwood's life-long passion for piano blues, using a treasure trove of rare historical footage in addition to interviews and performances by such living legends as Pinetop Perkins and Jay McShann, as well as Dave Brubeck and Marcia Ball. (The audio soundtrack for each part is also available separately on CD.)
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Jazz Ensemble DVD Includes 7 DVDs
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