Time to Improvise (2014)Documentary · 12 September 2014
Jazz. Love at first sight, or better yet, sound. The kind of love you follow to the end of the world. You take an instrument and set off to find the holy grail. First, within the confines of the classroom, where years and years of rigorous practice pass by in the hope of one day being able to play freely. Then, from the safe nest of your school, from under your mentor's wing, straight to the darkness of the jazz clubs, if you're lucky, to festival stages or, if all else fails, to the street. Because you can't not play your music; even though you know a lot of great artists go hungry, even though people hardly hide their disregard when hearing about jazz, even though our society favors things that are simple and fast. Then, improvisation becomes your way of life. The documentary film puts a face to the local jazz scene, featuring eight notable players whom it follows to Vienna, to Amsterdam and to New York, watching them aspire to perfection and try to find their place at the margins of music.
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