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Documentary Screening: Imagine The Sound (1981)

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Filmed at a studio on Mutual St. in Toronto, Imagine the Sound brings together interviews and performances by the prime innovators of the once-controversial free jazz movement of the 1960s. The first feature documentary by Toronto-based director Ron Mann (Grass, Comic Book Confidential) is an eloquent tribute to a group of highly celebrated artists that helped forge the avant-garde jazz of the 1960s.Critic and film historian Jonathan Rosenbaum has said that Imagine the Sound “may be the best documentary on free jazz that we have.”

The film features articulate interviews and dramatic performances by pianists Cecil Taylor and Paul Bley, tenor saxophone Archie Shepp, and trumpet player Bill Dixon. Alongside the dynamic performances, the film captures the diverse history and politicized roots of this unique musical genre. Imagine the Sound is an important chapter in the history of the jazz documentary.

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