A film by Ron Mann
Year of production: 1981/ 2007
Running Time: 90 Minutes
IMAGINE THE SOUND brings together interviews and performance, the prime innovators of the once controversial free jazz movement of the 60s.
The first feature documentary by Ron Mann (GRASS, COMICBOOK 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 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.
Not since Scorsese’s The Last Waltz has a music documentary been so thorough and compatible with its subject. Alongside the dynamic performances, the fi lm 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.