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United States | 2018 | Tom Surgal

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Cleveland’s Albert Ayler is one of the musicians—along with Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, and others—examined in this new history of the free jazz movement. Emerging in the 1950s alongside Abstract Expressionism and Beat literature, this avant-garde variant on commercial jazz was mostly ignored by mainstream media and audiences at the time (and by Ken Burns in his recent epic overview of jazz). But its popularity and influence have grown since then. Tom Surgal’s film includes a wealth of archival photographs and vintage performance footage. “Critic’s Pick…Crammed with exhilarating sounds, moving reminiscences and stimulating arguments.” –NY Times. “Should be on any serious music lover’s must-see list.” –Hollywood Reporter. DCP. 88 min.

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