Ron Mann – Imagine the Sound (1981)

This award-winning film is an art exposition brought to life. In paying tribute to the seveteran jazz pioneers, it adds an important chapter to the history of the jazz documentary and Paul Bley. Called the “The jazz film” by Canada’s The Globe and Mail and compared to The Last Waltz, Imagine the Sound is an exuberant profile of four legendary figures associated with the jazz avant-garde of the sixties–Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Bill Dixon

When Imagine the Sound was released in 1981, Chicago Reader critic Jonathan Rosenbaum deemed it “the best documentary on free jazz that we have.” Decades later, the same praise holds true. Director Ron Mann (Grass, Comicbook Confidential) gathered four seminal avant-garde jazz musicians–pianists Cecil Taylor and Paul Bley, tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp, and trumpet player Bill Dixon–in a studio for interviews and individual performances. The result is an incredibly philosophical look at the how their social, political, and creative free-form explorations changed the face of jazz music in the early ’60s. Like free-jazz players improvising on tonality and time, this documentary itself is structureless, as Mann continuously spins off on different tangents. He weaves numerous heady interviews–completely devoid of nostalgia–with long, uninterrupted, intimate sequences of all of the musicians breaking new musical ground. During one particularly illuminating interview, Bley states that free jazz arrived from a “tremendous disdain for the known,” and the same can be said of Mann’s thrilling approach here. –Dave McCoy

1.59GB | 1 h 31 min | 853×480 | mkv


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