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07.11.2014 | 104 days ago | Posted at 04:21 PM

Classic Music Film out on Blu-ray

By David Luhrssen
  Paris Blues is one of the greatest Hollywood jazz movies—and one of the best films ever about the American expatriate experience in Paris (back before the city became a museum of memories for tourists). The 1961 gem (out on Blu-ray) stars Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier as bandmates with a steady gig in a jazz cellar whose multi-racial crowd is rapt as the musicians execute t...
11.18.2013 | | Posted at 11:26 AM

Remembering Producer Arif Mardin

By David Luhrssen
  Arif Mardin was never a household name, but music fans scrutinizing album credits knew of him and the stars he worked with knew him well. The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story is a documentary of a remarkable career suffused with pathos. Working with Mardin’s son Joe, filmmaker Doug Biro interviewed the record producer and his associates as the grand old ...
11.16.2013 | | Posted at 12:45 PM

“Here’s Edie” Resurfaces on DVD

By David Luhrssen
  Muriel Cigars was more than just the sponsor (“Brought to you by…”) of the ABC series “Here’s Edie” (1962-1964). Integral to the production, the commercials starred the show’s hostess and were almost as innovative as everything else in this wildly creative program. The Muriel ads featured Edie Adams purring suggestively about the product (sometimes a cigar is rea...
Monday, Aug. 20, 2012

The Complete Columbia & RCA Albums Collection (Legacy)

Charles Mingus was one of Duke Ellington's greatest heirs in exploring the symphonic potential of jazz without losing touch with its funky roots. This newly issued 10-CD set is comprised of...

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