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Episode Detail: The Adventure (1956-1960) - Jazz

“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.

Episodes: Jazz (11)

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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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