Friday, August 26

Sun Ra - The Cry of Jazz (1958)

Wikipedia - "Cry of Jazz is a film by Ed Bland documenting Chicago's black neighborhoods. It includes interviews with artists and intellectuals and performances by Sun Ra and John Gilmore. ... The Library of Congress had this to say of the film and its significance: Cry of now recognized as an early and influential example of African-American independent filmmaking. Director Ed Bland, with the help of more than 60 volunteer crew members, intercuts scenes of life in Chicago’s black neighborhoods with interviews of interracial artists and intellectuals. Cry of Jazz argues that black life in America shares a structural identity with jazz music. With performance clips by the jazz composer, bandleader and pianist Sun Ra and his Arkestra, the film demonstrates the unifying tension between rehearsed and improvised jazz. ..."
Open Culture - The Cry of Jazz: 1958’s Highly Controversial Film on Jazz & Race in America (With Music by Sun Ra)(Video)
NYT: Edward Bland, ‘Cry of Jazz’ Filmmaker and Composer, Dies at 86
The Cry of Jazz: Q & A with director Edward Bland
The Cry of Jazz and the expressive politics of music and race: interview with Ed Bland
ED BLAND.....Urban Classical Funk
Ed Bland’s remarkable short film ‘The Cry of Jazz’: Real talk on race & music in 1959
YouTube: Sun Ra - Cry Of Jazz 34:15