1959, The Year That Changed Jazz

Posted: December 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

1959, The Year That Changed Jazz from Paul Bernays on Vimeo.

This clip features among others Lou Reed, who was, as they say in New York, a sweetheart. From my film telling the story of four seminal Jazz LPs from that year: Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, Charles Mingus’ Ah Um, Dave Brubeck’s Time Out and Ornette Coleman’s prophetically titled The Shape Of Jazz To Come. In this clip we hear about the Ornette Coleman Quartet’s explosive debut in New York and the upset it caused.

Shot by Paul Lucas, edited by Duncan Weston and exec’ed by the great Jez Nelson, the UK’s premiere Jazz disc jockey.

4 Comments on “1959, The Year That Changed Jazz”

  1. 1 rick koler said at 4:40 am on March 24th, 2011:

    Shirley Clarke’s film project inspired by an Ornette Coleman dream is worth a comment.

  2. 2 paul said at 9:03 pm on March 26th, 2011:

    Hi Rick, agreed, Shirley Clarke’s film is worth a lot more than a comment. A great piece that captured the essence of Ornette. You might notice I used some shots from it in the clip here.

  3. 3 Rick Turner said at 3:26 am on June 27th, 2011:

    My psychedelic rock band, AutoSalvage, played at Shirley Clarke’s daughter’s wedding reception on the roof of the Chelsea Hotel in 1967 (’68?) opening for Archie Shepp…

    What a trip…


  4. 4 Bill Egan said at 1:52 am on September 17th, 2013:

    I would be grateful if you could pass on my e-mail address [ wegan (at) pcug.org.au ] to Rick Koler who posted here some time ago – topic: Possible mutual interest in Nina Mae McKinney

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