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SUN RA’s 1959 CRY OF JAZZ (Movie in 6 parts)

Posted in documentary, Jazz, jazz icons, Sun Ra, video archives on April 11, 2011 by Listen Recovery

Le Sony’r Ra 1953 (Sun Ra)

Touted as the most controversial film since The Birth of a Nation, The Cry of Jazz–a 1959 film essay on the spiritual status of blacks in America read through the structure of jazz music–was framed as a response to the consequences of racial division and oppression made clear in D.W. Griffith’s Klan-centered portrayal of post-bellum America.

Directed by composer Ed Bland, the highly stylized Cry of Jazz features a very early Sun Ra (then known as Le Sun Ra) with his Arkestra demonstrating the film’s argument: that rhythmic form and harmony in jazz are emanations of the restraint and the futureless future suffered by blacks in America, while melodic improvisation and rhythmic conflict are the joyful freedom and liberating deification of the present, which cry out despite the conditions of constraint.

The film, as you can watch in four parts below, famously ends with the controversial claim that jazz, like the ‘negro’ in America, is dead. Filmed at the cusp of post-bop, the film’s conclusion cannot account for the explosion of post-bop, modal jazz and free jazz (not to mention the funk, soul, samba, etc. of the coming decades). And it is worth noting that John Gilmore, saxophonologist for the Arkestra, was giving Coltrane informal lessons around the time of the filming, in the late 50s. And in addition to this, around the time this film was made, Sunny Ra pulled his ‘going electric,’ recording “India” on the album Super-Sonic Jazz–introducing the electric keyboard (a Wurlitzer) to jazz music. Perhaps every faithful congregation needs an occasional theothanatosy to remind them whose job it is to keep the heavenly creature alive.
Debuting April 3-9, 1959, in Chicago, the film is being screened April 9, 2010, at the Orphan Film Symposium put on by the Tisch School of Arts in New York City. Register now, their website warns, Seating Is Limited!

Whether you buy into the larger argument or not (that is: repeated concatenating chord sequences like the chains of enslavement, with bursts of improvisation a kind of cry from the field), the foreground of the vivid present, the image of man peculiarly sensitive to that present, and the liberating energy of the polymetric conflict between the strength and length of musical stresses in response to that sensitivity, are observations relevant to any outlook on creativity in today’s world, especially (it seems to me) to the poet’s.

Maria Bethânia “Bem de perto” documental shared in youtube by Danilo Elias (10 part doc)

Posted in Brasil music, documentary, youtube channel on August 16, 2010 by Listen Recovery

shared in youtube by DANILO ELIAS

CHE GUEVARA Documentary 6 part film

Posted in Che Ernesto Guevara, documentary, Revolutionary/Revolucionario, video archives on March 22, 2010 by Listen Recovery

EL CHE film “The Hands of Che Guevara”

Posted in Che Bolivia, Che Ernesto Guevara, documentary, Revolutionary/Revolucionario, video archives on March 22, 2010 by Listen Recovery

Steppin’ Razor by Listen Clothing (inpired by Peter Tosh)

Posted in documentary, Listen Clothing, Reggae Archives, video archives on March 8, 2010 by Listen Recovery

Stepping Razor Film Documentary of PETER TOSH

other 9 episodes on this link

Stussy & Dilla Estates

Posted in DILLA, documentary on February 15, 2010 by Listen Recovery

The Spirit of Samba, The Black Music of Brazil

Posted in Brasil, Brasil music, documentary, video archives on February 6, 2010 by Listen Recovery

A documentary on Brazilian samba music and its effects on Brazilian culture, THE SPIRIT OF SAMBA is a rousing film that features a number of exuberant performances from some of Brazil’s greatest samba artists. Though many outside of Brazil know samba and bossa nova through the works of crossover artists such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, the music has deep roots in Brazilian culture and history, which are detailed here. From the hilltop ghettos of Rio to the African rooted region of Bahia, THE SPIRIT OF SAMBA makes a complete survey of one of Brazil’s national treasures. Features performances by Gilberto Gil and Chico Barque.