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Episode Detail: Risk (1945-1955) - Jazz

"Risk" (Part 8 of 10) covers the years 1945-55. "The swing era is over," says narrator Keith David, "and jazz had moved on"---to a "risk"-filled music called bebop. The focus here is on Charlie Parker, bop's heroin-wracked abiding genius; and Dizzy Gillespie, its "central organizing figure," as critic Stanley Crouch calls him. Also profiled: Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and L.A. "cool" jazzmen Gerry Mulligan and Dave Brubeck.

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Premiered: January 08, 2001, on PBS
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Premise: Ken Burns' panoramic 10-part essay on `America's music.' Jazz, says narrator Keith David, is `creation on the spot.' Not so with this documentary series: It took six years to produce and featured some 500 pieces of music and 75 interviewees. The opinions of the primary one, Wynton Marsalis (billed as `senior creative consultant'), riled a number of critics. But few could dispute the genius of Burns' two key `Jazz' artists, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.

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