The PBS documentary series Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues comprises seven films, each directed with a personal touch by prominent filmmakers, including Scorsese himself, who directs the first installment. Two CD companion sets are available: A comprehensive five-CD set, "Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues -- A Musical Journey;" and a 21-track single CD, "Martin Scorsese Presents The Best of the Blues" are both available in our Music Store. Individual program titles and highlights include:
Feel like Going Home: Directed by Martin Scorsese and featuring original performances by Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Corey Harris, Othar Turner, Ali Farka Touré, Salif Keita, and Habib Koité.
The Soul of a Man: Directed by Wim Wenders and featuring performances by Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Nick Cave, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Cassandra Wilson, Los Lobos, T Bone Burnett, Beck, Marc Ribot, Shemekia Copeland, and Garland Jeffreys, plus clips of Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson, and J. B. Lenoir.
The Road to Memphis: Directed by Richard Pearce and featuring original performances by B. B. King, Bobby Rush, Rosco Gordon, and Ike Turner, plus clips of Elmore James, Jackie Brenston, Little Junior Parker's Blue Flames, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and Sonny Boy Williamson.
Warming by the Devil's Fire: Directed by Charles Burnett and featuring music from Robert Johnson, Billie Holiday, Jelly Roll Morton, Bessie Smith, Elmore James, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Charley Patton, Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, and others.
Godfathers and Sons: Directed by Marc Levin and featuring original performances by Koko Taylor, Otis Rush, Magic Slim, Ike Turner, Sam Lay, and the Electric MidKats (featuring Chuck D.), plus clips of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, Bo Diddly, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
Red White & Blues: Directed by Mike Figgis and featuring original performances by Jeff Beck, Van Morrison, Tom Jones, and Lulu, plus clips of John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers (with Eric Clapton), the Spencer Davis Group (with Steve Winwood), Big Bill Broonzy, Cream, and Fleetwood Mac.
Piano Blues: Directed by Clint Eastwood and featuring clips of Ray Charles, Dr. John, Fats Domino, Pinetop Perkins, Jay McShann, Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair, Dave Brubeck, and others.