Jazz. Part 9. The Adventure

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  • Amid the rise of suburbia, television, rock 'n' roll, and the baby boom generation, jazz lost a beloved and burned-out star: Billie Holiday. But the music still had its two guiding lights. In 1956, the first year Elvis topped the charts, Duke Ellington recaptured the nation's ear with a performance at the Newport Jazz Festival. The next year, Louis Armstrong made headlines when he condemned racism in Little Rock, Arkansas-risking his career while musicians who dismissed him as an Uncle Tom stayed silent. But the leading light of the era was Miles Davis-a catalyst constantly forming new groups to showcase different facets of his stark, introspective sound. Then, as the turbulent Sixties arrived, two saxophonists took jazz further into uncharted terrain-John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman.


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  • Survival of Jazz (4:41) -- Soul Music/Rock & Roll (1:59) -- The Titan (8:32) -- The Titan - Duke Ellington (6:45) -- Eavesdropping (7:23) -- Eavesdropping - Clifford Brown (5:20) -- Eavesdropping - Sarah Vaughan (4:59) -- Oofta (10:56) -- The Messengers (10:54) -- All-Star Jazz Event (4:56) -- Lester Brown/Billie Holiday (6:58) -- Inside/Outside (10:08) -- Inside/Outside (4:10) -- Existence Music - John Coltrane (9:45) -- The Adventure (4:50) -- The Adventure - Ornette Coleman in New York (6:18) -- Credits: 'The Adventure: Ken Burns: Jazz, Part 9' (3:14) -- Rehearsal of 'New Rhumba' (4:54)
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