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The "musician" in question is the iconoclastic, Chicago-wrought jazz performer Ken Vandermark. In this documentary - a volume in Kraus's Work Series that pulls inspiration from broadcaster-cum-historian Studs Terkel's writings - Vandermark engages in candid rehearsals and performances with an ensemble; the film then features one of Vandemark's sizzling solo numbers before a closed audience.
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Critic Reviews for Musician
[It's] about the painstaking process behind what seems so off-the-cuff.
Daniel Kraus's Musician feels radically fresh: It simply observes its title character in the manner of a 1960s fly-on-the-wall documentary.
A fairly pure work, or what Werner Herzog would dismiss as 'an accountant's truth.' The 'truth' is that touring isn't all that glamorous, and neither is watching Vandermark return calls, schedule gigs, eat fast food, and check in/out of hotels.
A fascinating documentary made memorable not by its music but by its poignant portrait of a likable, if narrowly-focused, purist unwilling to compromise his values, regardless of its cost in terms of fame or his career.
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