Featuring a legendary free jazz score by Albert Ayler and Don Cherry, this rarely-screened landmark of the North American avant-garde incorporates Michael Snow’s “walking woman” works, in which an instantly recognizable flat sculpture, often seen in silhouette, is placed in a variety of real-world situations. was pivotal in the evolution of free jazz. The soundtrack is a seminal record of the Free Jazz canon conceived by Ayler and realised with an all-star ensemble of improvisers who defined the movement.
(Kasper Collin, 2006, Sweden, 79mins)
The prophetic free jazz saxophonist, who today is seen as one of the most important innovators in jazz, was obsessed with his radical music and by the thought that people one day would understand it. In 1962 Ayler recorded his first album in Sweden. Eight years later he was found dead in New York’s East River, aged 34.
This documentary follows the trail of Ayler from his native town of Cleveland by way of Sweden to New York, meeting family, friends and close colleagues. Ayler himself guides us with his voice and music. Seven years in the making, the film includes newly discovered footage of Ayler and band.
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