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Watch & Listen | Kamasi Washington Live

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The Epic is a 172-minute, three-volume set that includes a 10 piece band, that’s 2 bassists and drummers, 32-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir led by the great Dwight Trible, and a compositional score written by saxophonist Kamasi Washington himself. Kudos to the Brainfeeder label for investing in this great album, I haven’t been this inspired by an album for a while. The band are playing the Barbican, London in November 2015 and I haven’t been this excited about a gig since Sun Ra’s Arkestra.

Jazz Night In America features Kamasi Washington and the music of The Epic at its release party, and in its full glory. Watch it at the link!

http://www.npr.org/templates/event/embeddedVideo.php?storyId=402062824&mediaId=409865151

Watch | The World According to John Coltrane

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Produced with the cooperation of his widow Alice Coltrane, the documentary focuses on the later period of Coltrane’s work where he explored themes of Eastern spirituality. I’m not a fan of organised religion but I think Coltrane’s conception of God is beautiful. If you haven’t listened to A Love Supreme all the way through do so before watching.

I’d like to point out to people the divine in a musical language that transcends words. I want to speak to their souls.

  A Love Supreme was only performed once in its entirety, in Antibes France in the summer of 1965 – here’s a video.

 

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Read | The Secret Diary of Nina Simone

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http://longform.org/stories/I-Wish-I-Knew-How-It-Would-Feel-To-Be-Free

This article is about Nina Simone’s secret diaries kept by her ex-husband Andrew Stroud. Never previously released because he refused to talk to her biographer.

Through various diaries she wrote we can read her lucid and candid thoughts on various things, her marriage, friends and musical career. What is most striking throughout all of it is the honesty and eloquence with which she writes about her experience of depression, an undiagnosed condition at the time.

An insightful and often heartbreaking read of how an incredibly talented powerhouse of a woman  dealt with societies prejudices, artistic expression and sometimes crushing self-doubt.

Complement with two rare live performances from 1961-62

Watch | Kerouac, the Movie (1985)

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Directed by John Antonelli this wonderfully concise documentary about the author of the most famous beat generation era novel On The Road guides you through Jack Kerouac’s brief life. From this childhood to his untimely demise. Some insightful commentary and stories from his friends and acquaintances and the cheesiest interview which bookends the film.

John Coltrane – September 23 1926 – July 17 1967

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To celebrate one of the greatest musicians to ever live here are two of the best podcasts I’ve ever heard of his music made by Blackclassical

Volume 1:  Black Classical Of Live and Love and Coltrane

http://www.restricted-zone.com/2012/05/free-download-black-classical-of-live-and-love-and-john-coltrane/

Volume 2:  Black Classical Of Live and Love and Coltrane Vol. 2

http://www.restricted-zone.com/2012/09/free-download-black-classical-of-live-and-love-and-coltrane-vol-2/

Listen & Watch | Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Live

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A Youtube video of Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers playing a concert in Italy in 1963.

Drums: ART BLAKEY, Trumpet: FREDDIE HUBBARD, Sax: WAYNE SHORTER, Trombone: CURTIS FULLER, Piano: CEDAR WALTON, Contrabass: REGGIE WORKMAN.

Watch | The Miles Davis Story

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This is what the internet is for. The 2 hour BBC Four documentary about the truly legendary trumpeter, musical pioneer Miles Davis. He often looked back but always went forwards. Through rare footage and interviews with those that played with him you’ll learn about his upbringing and where all those iconic masterpieces came from. It’s by the BBC so naturally its well put together. I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I do. Which is a lot.

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