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Blue Note to Release Wynton Marsalis’ Original Score to PBS Documentary on Boxer Jack Johnson

Available from Blue Note records on November 30 is Unforgivable Blackness, Wynton Marsalis’ original score to the upcoming Ken Burns documentary of same name. The film marks the second collaboration between filmmaker Burns and Marsalis (pictured), the first being 2000’s Jazz series, where Marsalis held the position of Senior Creative Consultant.

Unforgivable Blackness tells the story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight Boxing World Champion, and is given historical context from 21 compositions covering pre-modern genres like blues, ragtime and Dixieland, where the ensembles’ embellishments and collective improvisations sound remarkably accurate.

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