Jazz News

December 08, 2020

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom on Netflix Dec 18

'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom', featuring original music from Branford Marsalis, is out December 18, on Netflix. The film chronicles the life of "Mother of the Blues" Ma Rainey, and stars Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman in his final on-screen performance.

The soundtrack, featuring original music from Branford Marsalis, is also out on December 18 (via Milan Records).

Listen to the soundtrack's "El Train" and "In the Shadow of Joe Oliver."

"When I signed on to direct, I instantly knew I wanted to work with Branford Marsalis, because when you collaborate with Branford the composer/arranger, Branford the historian, musicologist, dramatist, and raconteur shows up as well," director George C. Wolfe said in a statement. "And because he understands the inherently transgressive nature of the blues, Branford's arrangements capture not only the cultural and regional DNA in Ma Rainey's songs, but the wit and rage embedded in every note, shout, and moan."