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Robert Altman's Jazz '34

"Great Performances" Robert Altman's Jazz '34

Directed by Robert Altman
United States, 1997
Music, TV Movie


For the original soundtrack of Kansas City, Robert Altman invited twenty-one of the best contemporary jazzmen to interpret a selection of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Marie Lou Williams, and Bennie and Buster Moten classics.

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Robert Altman's Jazz '34 Directed by Robert Altman

Critics reviews

Most viewers—especially those drawn to Altman as the reason for seeing this film—will likely be more interested in the Kansas City (1996) feature. For those devoted as much or more to jazz greats like Basie, Hawkins, or Young, Jazz ’34 is a satisfying experience with or without the accompanying feature.
March 19, 2016
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A fascinating adjunct to Altman’s much more ambitious and much less successful Kansas City (1996), Jazz ‘34: Remembrances of Kansas City Swing is one of the best jazz films I’ve ever seen. It’s what its parent film promised but failed to deliver — all the more interesting because it’s neither a documentary nor a narrative but an eccentric hybrid.
May 08, 1998
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