The Jazz world can be a miserable business and in Spike Lee’s gem, Mo’ Better Blues, we see Blake Gilliam (Denzel Washington) constantly make the wrong decisions both in his music (he is trumpeter in his Jazz Quintet) and in his personal life. Music is used here as more than a plot device and though Jazz does not have much of a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we wonder if Jazz will have much of a place in the Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If any act could get in, this could be it.
The Bullet Points:
Mo’ Better Blues (1990)
Denzel Washington (Bleek Gilliam)
Wesley Snipes (Shadow Henderson)
Giancarlo Esposito (Left Hand Lacey)
Jeff “Tain” Watts (Rhythm Jones)
Bill Nunn (Bottom Hammer)
Songs you might remember:
Mo’ Better Blues
Why you should vote for them:
Music played a bigger part of this film than a lot more bands on the ballot.
Why you should not vote for them:
The genre of Jazz may work against them if you feel it isn’t “Rock” enough.