Seven directors (including Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese) interpret facets of the blues in a superb series that juxtaposes archival footage, interviews and performances. Among those included: B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, Taj Mahal and hip-hop stars Chuck D and Common. Scorsese is the executive producer.
First Aired: September 28, 2003
Martin Scorsese follows musician Corey Harris to the Mississippi Delta and Mali to explore links between Africa and the blues. Included: songs by Taj Mahal and Salif Keita; the influence of Robert Johnson; archival footage of Muddy Waters, Leadbelly and Son House; Harris jams with musicians in Mali.