Robert Altman’s Jazz ’34 (1996)


Director Robert Altman’s 1996 film, Kansas City – a jazz-tinged melodrama about a corrupt politician and a determined gangster – was notable if only for some remarkable 1930s music as arranged by the innovative John Cale. This documentary is the offspring of that movie, featuring sessions recorded on the set of the earlier film. With Jazz ’34‘s pumping, grinding blues all set to elevate the spirits.

Director: Robert Altman.
Stars: Harry Belafonte (narrator), Geri Allen, Ron Carter, Cyrus Chestnut, Craig Handy, Joshua Redman, David McKay.


Note: Many thanks to dear friend Steve for sending me a copy of this film.

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