City of the Winds

Although it contains some wonderful music and interesting historical information, Gilles Corre's documentary about the Chicago jazz scene is an undigested mess that bowdlerizes the gritty essence of the music. He artificially structures his video around interviews between current musicians and vocalist (and former Chicagoan) Ellen Christi. The reaction shots of Christi's face are stilted, the musicians are more musically than verbally articulate, the shots of the downtown skyline strike a touristic note, and Corre's slick wipes, changes in aspect ratio, and intercutting between color and black and white seem like pointless stylistic tics. 80 min.

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