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A jazz beat is a dynamic changing rhythm.
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But like scenes in The Civil War and like scenes in Baseball, I finally had to agree that that had to go out in favor of scenes that were of more narrative importance and more important in jazz heritage.
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By its very nature, no one person can ever be the center of jazz.
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Even in areas of music that I wasn't initially too attracted to, I would find that by being attracted to the stories, the music got into my heart, and that is a very important thing for the jazz community to try to realize.
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Flood was really a pioneer, and he is a sacrificial lamb, and I think somewhere along the line he had come to peace with it, although I think it was also eating him as well. You know Flood paid the price for the time he came along. He was the first one over the top of the fort.
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Good history is a question of survival. Without any past, we will deprive ourselves of the defining impression of our being.
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History is malleable. A new cache of diaries can shed new light, and archeological evidence can challenge our popular assumptions.
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History's just been made for sale to an inside deal.
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I am passionately interested in understanding how my country works. And if you want to know about this thing called the United States of America you have to know about the Civil War.
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I began to feel that the drama of the truth that is in the moment and in the past is richer and more interesting than the drama of Hollywood movies. So I began looking at documentary films.
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I can understand why some of these drummers and bass players become cult figures with all of their equipment and the incredible amount of technique they have. But there's very little that I think satisfies you intellectually or emotionally.
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I don't use composers. I research music the way I research the photographs or the facts in my scripts.
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I enjoy total creative control right now. Nobody tells me to make it longer, shorter, better, sexier, more violent, whatever.
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I grew up certain for a while that I was going to be an anthropologist, until film turned my head.
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I have made a film about jazz that tries to look through jazz to see what it tells us about who we are as a people. I think that jazz is a spectacularly accurate model of democracy and a kind of look into our redemptive future possibilities.
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I have made all my films for my children with the exception of my first film because my oldest daughter wasn't born when I was making the film about the Brooklyn Bridge.
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I like pretty much everything Miles did and has done. I like everything that Miles did before fusion and after fusion.
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I never, ever want to apologize for a film. If it's bad I'll say it's my fault. And that's what I can say so far in all the films that I've done, that if you don't like it, it's entirely my fault.
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I read cover to cover every jazz publication that I could and in the New York Times, every single day reading their jazz reviews even though I didn't put them in the films. I wanted to know what is going on.
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I record all of my music with authentic instruments in a studio before we start editing, doing many, many versions. The music shapes the film as we edit so it has an organic relationship to the content.
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I subscribe to William Faulkner's' view that history is not just about what we were before but who we are now.
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I think my expectations for myself are much more severe and much more direct. You can't work on a film for six years without being your own toughest critic. So you can't really be distracted by the expectations based on your previous performance.
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I think the problem with a lot of the fusion music is that it's extremely predictable, it's a rock rhythm and the solos all play the same stuff and they play it over and over again and there's a certain musical virtuosity involved in it.
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I think we too often make choices based on the safety of cynicism, and what we're lead to is a life not fully lived. Cynicism is fear, and it's worse than fear - it's active disengagement.
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I treat the photograph as a work of great complexity in which you can find drama. Add to that a careful composition of landscapes, live photography, the right music and interviews with people, and it becomes a style.
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If you think about it, bebop is avant-garde to those people playing swing. Let us also remember that the earliest of jazz was also avant-garde in relation to everything that had gone before it. So we are dealing with a form that in itself is avant-garde.
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In a sense I've made the same film over and over again. In all of them I've asked, 'Who are we as Americans?
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In most films music is brought in at the end, after the picture is more or less locked, to amplify the emotions the filmmaker wants you to feel.
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Jazz is a very accurate, curiously accurate accompaniment to 20th century America.
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Like a layer on a pearl, you can't specifically identify the irritant, the moment of the irritant, but at the end of the day, you know you have a pearl.
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Louis Armstrong is quite simply the most important person in American music. He is to 20th century music (I did not say jazz) what Einstein is to physics.
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One of the things I really like about Ford's films is how there is always a focus on the way characters live, and not just the male heroes.
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Some of my most favorite sequences are on Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, and Miles Davis.
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The flame is not out, but it is flickering.
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The genius of our country is improvisation, and jazz reflects that. It's our great contribution to the arts.
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The stories from 1975 on are not finished and there is no resolve. I could spend 50 hours on the last 25 years of jazz and still not do it justice.
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The way I work, the interview never becomes larger than the person being interviewed.
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To say that an artist sells out means that an artist is making a conscious choice to compromise his music, to to weaken his music for the sake of commercial gain.
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We focused our attention on the heroism and courage of Jackie Robinson, and that's what we endow with all the symbolic importance that Jackie Robinson has for us.
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We saw the Civil War as a paradox of love and loss. If we assume a posture that only sees aerial views of war, we might lose a sense of what took place.
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We want Sarah Vaughan to sell more records. We want Sonny Rollins to sell more records. We want everybody to sell more records. We want the new people to sell more records that aren't treated in the film because they are what's happening. They are the future.
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We were rebuffed a few times and I then realized as I have throughout my career, and I have been making these historical documentary films for more than 25 years, that sometimes having an interview by somebody else is better.
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We work years and years to craft complicated narratives, and we're often more painfully aware of the people we left out than the people who complain about it.
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We're having a hard time understanding where jazz is going. What happened to jazz?
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When a documentary filmmaker, working in the style that I do, suggests that there has been a shooting ratio of 40 hours to every one hour of finished film, that doesn't mean that the other 39 are bad.
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When you are editing, the final master is Aristotle and his poetics. You might have a terrific episode, but if people are falling out because there are just too many elements in it, you have to begin to get rid of things.
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Wynton told us that Miles sold out, just wanted to make more money, just wanted to sell more records. I don't believe that Miles sold out but I'm not in a position to say.
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You can learn as much about the history from reading about the present as you can vice versa, that is learning about the present through history, which is what I do for a living.
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You don't work on something for six years and be blind to the myriad of other approaches.
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You know, you meet some people, and do a lot of interviews, and you come across a Buck O'Neill and you know you are going to know him for the rest of your life. The same thing happened with Curt Flood.
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You need, as a historian, essential triangulation from your subject and the only way you get that triangulation is through time.
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