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Film Review: Whiplash – Jazz Cinema as a Classic Coming of Age Drama, or Sign of a Missing Piece of the Puzzle?

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Review by Dawoud Kringle

Whiplash is a recent film starring Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons (directed by Damien Chazelle) that has generated some considerable controversy.

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Documentary Film Review: “The Breath Courses Through Us”…cellabrating The New York Art Quartet’s 50th anniversary by Alan Roth

Review by Dawoud Kringle

Enduring a Long, Hard Gig. The Breath Courses Through Us.

Photo by Marylin Schwartz

Photo by Marylin Schwartz

A grainy, seemingly vintage film of a music aficionado thumbing through a stack of records, and pulling out an LP of the New York Art Quartet forms a silent, yet eloquent imagery. Putting the vinyl on a turntable, the sound of free jazz greets us. Flash forward to the present day. Older master jazz musicians set up their instruments, and begin playing a free form music over which a poetic voice declares, “Everything that you don’t understand is explained in art.”

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