Abstract, sardonic, satirical, haughty, malicious, race baiting, and proud. The Cry of Jazz is so much more than an objective documentary is a testament to the creative voices that emerge powerful from times of oppression.
“[The] Cry of Jazz…is now recognized as an early and influential example of African-American independent filmmaking. Director Ed Bland, with the help of more than 60 volunteer crew members, intercuts scenes of life in Chicago’s black neighborhoods with interviews of interracial artists and intellectuals. Cry of Jazz argues that black life in America shares a structural identity with jazz music. With performance clips by the jazz composer, bandleader and pianist Sun Ra and his Arkestra, the film demonstrates the unifying tension between rehearsed and improvised jazz. Cry of Jazz is a historic and fascinating film that comments on racism and the appropriation of jazz by those who fail to understand its artistic and cultural origins.” – Library of Congress, Wikipedia
This post is part of our off-season cinematic slouch. Trebuchet is taking a break until Jan. In the meantime we’ve selected some fine moments for you to enjoy. Hope you had a great year and we’ll see you in 2019