Season 1, Episode 9 The Adventure (1956-1960)

First Aired: January 29, 2001

“The Adventure” (Part 9 of 10) follows jazz from 1956 to 1960. “The music,” says narrator Keith David, “was changing faster than ever.” Among the innovators: Miles Davis, saxophone “colossus” Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey and Sarah Vaughan. The period also saw the “spiritual awakening” of John Coltrane and the chordless “free jazz” of Ornette Coleman.

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  • Premiered: January 8, 2001
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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 o… (more)

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