The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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well-researched documentary is an impressionistic portrait of a man whose ecstatic braying tenor sax still sounds fresh.
Brings a sense of logic and humanity to a man whose music was as unsettling as it was untethered to the tenets of jazz.
Illuminates Ayler's aesthetic of pure sense experience.
A cause for rejoicing.
The Ohio-born tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler probably would have gotten a kick out of Kasper Collin's documentary about his life.
Kasper Collin's film portrays a confident but troubled man, who never doubted that posterity would discover him, and consoled himself that prominent American composer Charles Ives had to work a day job.
The story of his [subject Albert Ayler's] troubled life and premature death is engrossing without prior knowledge of his place in the history of experimental jazz.
Collin gives us a valuable look at the difference between the open-minded European jazz scene and an American culture that relegated artists like Ayler to second-class citizenship.
Smart and savvy doc
An affectionate and compassionate screen poem, incorporating reminiscences with Ayler's music and his musings gleaned from interviews, and also an excursion into the past to connect to a sense of the times that informed his existence.
You don't have to like or even appreciate Ayler's striking brand of music to be moved by this heartfelt tribute.
A loving and elegantly crafted documentary that charts the saxophonist's commitment to his art, often in the face of dire poverty, family illness, and neglect by American audiences.
sad, beautiful and truly insightful. worth watching even if you think avant/free jazz is just ridiculous noise. Ayler's dedication to his vision of new expression is eerily manic but so pure and persuasive. completely inimitable and raw, r.i.p. Albert.
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