The Criterion Channel presently is streaming the 1981 Ron Mann documentary Imagine the Sound, probably the foremost film ever made on the free jazz scene. It features four greats–Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Paul Bley, and Art Dixon–and is a combination of performances and interviews. I could listen to Shepp talk about what he does, Coltrane, politics, and whatever else all day. I also love that he is still wearing suits both in the studio and during interviews in the early 80s. Not much of it is available on YouTube, but this 10 minute performance by Taylor is.
Damn, that’s amazing.
Criterion Channel is a true treasure.