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Free Jazz on Film: Ornette Coleman and Marion Brown

Year
1985
Language
anglais
Duration
77 min

As part of Suoni Per Il Popolo

Ornette: Made in America ⎮ Shirley Clarke ⎮ United-States ⎮ 1985 ⎮ English ⎮ 77 min

Ornette’s always been different. He’s always been different from everybody else. He wanted to invent things for himself.” – Truvenza Leach (Ornette Coleman’s sister)

In 1983 Ornette Coleman was invited to participate in the inaugural activities at Caravan of Dreams – a multi-disciplinary arts centre in his hometown of Fort Worth, TX. Shirley Clarke who had previously attempted to make a film about Coleman and his son Denardo was brought in to document the occasion. The result is a fascinating portrait of one of the pre-eminent figures of late 20th century jazz. Eschewing the linear didacticism of a straightforward biographical documentary Clarke’s film blends concert footage, interviews and myth-like dramatizations to create this dreamlike technicolor video poem. We hear from Coleman’s family, friends, fellow musicians and critics; intercut with music from Coleman solo, symphonies performing Skies of America, and the Prime Time band – against a visual backdrop of black neighbourhoods, vibrant visual art, and geodesic domes. The bold editing and visual experimentation of the film deftly evoke the boundary-pushing creativity of the subject. At one point Coleman speaks of the importance of heart in music and while Clarke’s film may not expand your list of fast facts it can tell your heart something about how jazz feels. – James Goddard

Ms. Clarke’s portrait is of an extraordinary artist and genuinely likable man. – Wall Street Journal

 

You See What I’m Trying to Say ⎮ Henry English ⎮ 1967 ⎮ English ⎮ 9 min

Film on Free Jazz musician MARION BROWN, who died in October, 2010. Filmmaker Henry English’s first film.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Year
1985
Language
anglais
Duration
77 min