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It's hard to overestimate the importance of the city of New Orleans in the history of American popular music; New Orleans was where jazz first took root, and the city's rich gumbo of musical influences (African, Caribbean, and French accents mingling with jazz, blues, gospel, and pop structures) helped to steep the creative melting pot that allowed rhythm and blues and rock & roll to grow. There's nothing like the sound of New Orleans jazz, funk, and R&B, and filmmaker Michael Murphy offers living proof in his documentary Make it Funky!, which examines the Crescent City's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"The brilliant colors, the vibrant flavors and sultry, seductive rhythms of New Orleans music serve to remind us how unique, beautiful and valuable the city and its heritage are to all of us in this country."
‑ Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle
"The musicians swear this is dance music, but the beats are far too ponderous to get a rise out of the hip-hop generation."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The sort of documentary that informs and educates through sheer passion, excitement, and, yes, downright funkiness."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"It doesn't quite capture the essence of the city, a trick to which it desperately aspires throughout, but it comes close, shedding light on one of the few locales that can legitimately be called an American cultural touchstone."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"Michael Murphy's documentary about the musical traditions of New Orleans can serve as an apt, wrenching elegy for the city's unique contribution to American culture."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"A big, easy overview of New Orleans' rich musical heritage."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"Lively tribute to New Orleans' musical traditions takes on an added poignancy in the wake of Hurricane Katrina."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"...a pretty good, aesthetically modest film [that has] suddenly become deeply affecting in ways its makers could never have predicted."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"A suddenly vital biography, Make It Funky, pays apt homage to the unique gifts New Orleans has given its country over the last century. Watching it ought to inspire anyone to return the favor."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"There's not a second in this film that isn't a reminder that New Orleans in its architecture, cuisine and multicultural diversity as well as in its music is a unique and major American center of culture."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Watching it now, with the devastation behind us, is a bittersweet affair."
‑ David Cornelius,
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