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: October 1, 2003
Director Charles Burnett recalls a free-spirited uncle in an episode that mixes dramatic re-creations of Burnett's introduction to the blues with archival footage. Uncle Buddy: Tommy Redmond Hicks. Junior: Nathaniel Lee Jr. Clips: Big Bill Broonzy; Muddy Waters; Willie Dixon; John Lee Hooker; Son House; Mississippi John Hurt; Rev. Gary Davis; T-Bone Walker; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; Mamie Smith; Sonny Boy Williamson II. Narrated by Carl Lumbly.