'Monochrome: Black White & Blue'
(Morgan Freeman, Chuck Berry, Bill Wyman, B.B. King, Jake Bugg, et al / DVD / NR / 2019 / MVD Visual)
Overview: Director Jon Brewer ('B.B. King: The Life of Riley') lovingly defragments the history of not only blues music but also the plight of the people in America's deep south, bringing the story of blues of life through powerful interviews, live musical performances and sweeping landscapes.
DVD Verdict: Featuring a remarkable list of renowned artists and luminaries such as Morgan Freeman, Chuck Berry, Bill Wyman, B.B. King, Jake Bugg, Carlos Santana, Ronnie Wood Eric Clapton, Robert Cray and many more, the 90 minutes that 'Monochrome: Black White & Blue' runs for is chock full of revealing, eye opening and at times unbelieve stories from some of the worlds greatest ever blues originators.
Indeed, this quite wondrous 3 part series re-sets trends of thinking about blues music and its roots for there have been, and will continue to be, documentation on Blues music long after we have gone.
However, what Brewer discovers here in his extended encounters in America's Deep South is that there was no music called 'blues' when the original creators stepped into a new feel of musical expressionism.
No, there was simply pain and oppression and plenty of it, and the music was the salve that, if only momentarily, set them free.
Starting in the early 1800's Louisiana, slave trading and transportation of slaves from Haiti and Africa, bring with them a drum beat musical style and a destiny carved out of oppression thereafter.
Ergo, music, rhythm and dance soon became ways for people to communicate and so the blues came from pain and despair. And over the years, the blues has grown to feature as a more joyous expression within genres such as Gospel and Jazz. Indeed, and as one person puts it, "Blues is to jazz as blood is to the body."
From America's deep South, to Detroit and New York this captivating and enlightening documentary 'Monochrome: Black White & Blue' traces the evolution of blues through pivotal moments in American history.
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