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It Must Schwing

Synopsis

In 1939, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two young émigrés from Berlin, founded the legendary jazz label Blue Note Records in New York. The label dedicated itself exclusively to the recording of American jazz music and developed its own unmistakeable recording style and sound.

Blue Note Records discovered and produced an impressive roster of international jazz stars. This included Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk and Quincy Jones. At a time when Afro-American musicians in the USA were discriminated against and ostracised, Blue Note records respected them as artists and equals. Not only did the label value their talents, it also gave them a much-needed platform. „It Must Schwing!“ tells the moving story of two friends, united by a passionate love for jazz, and of their profound belief in equality and freedom for every single human being.

Genre Documentary, History, Music
Category Feature Film
Format DCP
Language English
Directed by Eric Friedler
Nationality Germany
Original title It Must Schwing
Produced by NDR, Neue Road Movies
Studio Hamburg Enterprises
Release year 2018
Running time 115 min
Starring Herbie Hancock
Sonny Rollins
Wayne Shorter
Quincy Jones
Lou Donaldson
Sheila Jordan
Ron Carter
Rudy van Gelder
George Benson
Rolf Kühn

Festivals

  • International Premiere - Telluride IFF 2018
  • Official Selection – NYC DOC 2018

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