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A look at the history and evolution of the free jazz movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Albert Ayler ...
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Carla Bley ...
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Bobby Bradford ...
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Dave Burrell ...
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Don Cherry ...
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Ornette Coleman ...
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Eric Dolphy ...
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Gary Giddins ...
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Tristan Hansinger ...
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Prince Lasha ...
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Sam Rivers ...
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Ingrid Sertso ...
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Sonny Simmons ...
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Tom Surgal

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Tom Surgal ... ()

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Peter Afterman ... executive producer
Louis Black ... co-producer
Dan Braun ... producer
Anne Burr ... associate producer/Kickstarter contributor
Nels Cline ... executive producer
Fernando Couto ... co-producer
Scott Crary ... co-producer
Lin Culbertson ... co-producer
Sola Fasehun ... co-producer
David Koh ... executive producer
Jay Korber ... co-producer
John Loggia ... co-producer
John Madsen ... associate producer/Kickstarter contributor
Ron Mann ... executive producer
Thurston Moore ... executive producer
Dave Nuss ... co-producer
Tom Surgal ... producer
Jeffrey Tweedy ... co-producer
Pelin Uzay ... associate producer
Joseph Wemple ... producer

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Lin Culbertson

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Daniel Ehrenbard
Jens Jurgensen
John Northrup
Jim Spring

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John Northrup

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David Gauff ... post production consultant

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Brian R. Taylor ... Post Sound Supervisor

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Jane Berry ... music coordinator

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Although the free jazz movement of the 1960s and '70s was much maligned in some jazz circles, its pioneers - brilliant talents like Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, and John Coltrane - are today acknowledged as central to the evolution of jazz as America's most innovative art form. FIRE MUSIC showcases the architects of a movement whose radical brand of improvisation pushed harmonic and rhythmic boundaries, and produced landmark albums like Coleman's Free Jazz: A Collective Inspiration and Coltrane's Ascension. A rich trove of archival footage conjures the 1960s jazz scene along with incisive reflections by critic Gary Giddins and a number of the movement's key players.

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  • 88 min
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Opening Weekend United States $5,988, 10 Sep 2021

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