This experimental short is one of the first examples of radical black film-making that would become popular later on with Charles Burnett and later Spike Lee. The short claims that jazz music can only be ably made by Blacks because of their suffering and any jazz from Whites is a pale imitation. The Cry of Jazz succeeds in its dramatization of a discussion between blacks and whites where the blacks participating in the dialouge actually carry the story rather than being the by-standers listening to whites tell our story.This is one well-made short that is fascinating throughout. The style is very minimalist and avant-garde but accessible all the same. The editing is fine and the sequencing is great. Plus, it has rare footage of the great Sun Ra. "Cry of Jazz" is a must-see for fans of Jazz or experimental cinema.
edited imdb user entry by TimothyFarrell (Worcester, MA)
Written by Edward Bland, Nelam Hill, Mark Kennedy, Eugene Titus
Produced by Edward Bland & Nelam Hill
Original Music by Julien Priester & Sun Ra
Film Editing by Howard Alk
black and white