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The Cry of Jazz
The Cry of Jazz
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Product Code: OD0990-SP2018


"Jazz is dead." You can imagine how that statement, potentially inflammatory even today, shook things up when filmmaker Edward Bland dared to say it in 1958. He didn't cause the stir so much by saying the words himself, but by putting them in the mouth of Alex, one of the main characters in his controversial "semi-documentary" The Cry of Jazz. Alex appears in the film as one of seven members of a racially mixed jazz appreciation society, stragglers who stay behind after a meeting and fall into a conversation about the nature, origin, and future of jazz music. "Thanks a lot, Bruce, for showing me how rock and roll is jazz," says an appreciative Natalie, one of the white women, to one of the white men. Enter, swiftly, Alex, one of the black men:

"Bruce? Did you tell her that rock and roll was jazz?"

"Yeah, sure. That's what I told her. Is there something wrong with that?"

"Bruce, how square can you get? Rock and roll is not jazz. Rock and roll is merely an offspring of rhythm and blues."

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