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Directed by Jake Meginsky, Neil Young

United States 2018 91 mins. In English

Free jazz percussionist Milford Graves is one of the genre’s most innovative and transformative figures, having worked on groundbreaking albums with luminaries such as the New York Art Quartet, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Sonny Sharrock, Paul Bley, and Miriam Makeba. Now in his mid-70s, Graves, perhaps unsurprisingly, has not lost a single solitary step, reveling in his deep creativity day-in, day-out. Meginsky and Young follow the master from his backyard garden, to his studio, to his martial arts dojo, to Japan where he leads a musical healing workshop for autistic children. “A jazz movie in every sense of the word. Nearly every spoken line ends in ‘man.’ Mixing older performance footage, lengthy fly-on-the-wall takes, and a few epic instances in which Graves sits down to tell a story, the result is total immersion in the mind-set of this remarkable and unusual man.”—Jordan Hoffman, The Village Voice

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: Reel Music 36



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