1959 The Year that Changed Jazz

In 1959 four major jazz albums were made that changed music forever these where Miles Davis – Kind of Blue, Dave Brubeck – Time Out, Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um and Ornette Comeman’s album entitled The Shape of Jazz to Come. It was in 1959 that saw musicians starting to experiment with new sounds and breaking away from bebop. America was also seeing a major political upheaval with regards to civil rights. This BBC documentary shines light on some key aspects of the Jazz scene and the social context of that era.

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