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Jammin' the Blues (1944)
The epitome of "it" !
What a piece of joy this is.
Its wonderful: Lester Young, Barney Kessel, Red Callender, Illinois Jacquet and Jo Jones all legends, and all have flawless performances in this short film.
A perfect encapsulation of what jazz can do, that other forms don't.
IMDb want me to write 'more than 10 lines' so that I'm allowed to submit a comment but I don't think I really need to say any more than just how great this short is.
The previous commentator was right, there is a 'noir' quality here. it must be the serpentine of smoke surrounding Lester Young's presence. And like a Dashiel Hammet, things that happen don't always need an explanation.
OK, sorry to tell you folks, but there are no car chases; no nudity; no swearing; and no explosions!
. . . . Just one sublime slice of history.
I saw this film in 1991, and I've been meaning to track down a copy ever since. I don't know, is it the self-indulgent protagonist I identify with? For me, I was touched by most of this film, because I feel that the power of music is both a symbol and a seducer; this is something I've 'known' in my own life. I'd really want to see this again because I can't remember if this is really what the film is as luscious and about what I think. It couldn't be further away from the type of music appreciation in Nick Hornby's "High Fidelity" with its autistic obsession for compiling and list-making.
Instead it is perhaps just as masturbatory in the sense that it can really only be enjoyed on your own.