Jazz News

December 18, 2020

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Music from The Netflix Film) By Branford Marsalis Available Everywhere Now

Milan Records today releases MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX FILM), an album of music from Netflix’s newest original film about “Mother of the Blues” Ma Rainey.  Available everywhere now, the album features score music by critically-acclaimed saxophonist, instrumentalist, composer, bandleader and educator BRANFORD MARSALIS, as well as newly-recorded covers of both popular Ma Rainey tracks and blues and jazz standards from the era.  The multi-GRAMMY Award® winner brings over four decades of experience across stylistic boundaries to the project, imbuing the film with an authentic 1920s Chicago soundscape.  Directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is available to watch on Netflix now.

Watch the video. Branford speaks to the influence of the legendary "Mother of the Blues," Ma Rainey, and performs a special arrangement of Levee’s Song from the Netflix Ma Rainey Film.