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Inside Out in the Open

Alan Roth's hour-long documentary on free jazz features performers like Susie Ibarra, Joseph Jarman, Roswell Rudd, Marion Brown, and William Parker, who talk about the role of individuality in American music and connect their art to the cultural and political turmoil of the 1960s, when many of them began playing. Often the performance excerpts are only seconds long, and there's an unintended irony in the way the music is overwhelmed by verbiage about being free and relying on intuition. On the same program, Coco Schrijber's inventive In Motion (1994, 18 min.) intercuts performance footage of saxophonist David S. Ware with interviews shot during his job as a Manhattan cabbie, turning city traffic into a metaphor for his music.

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