Imagine the Sound

Imagine the Sound is a 1981 Canadian documentary film about the once-controversial genre of free jazz, directed by Ron Mann. [1]

Imagine the Sound
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Directed byRon Mann
Produced byRon Mann
Bill Smith
StarringPaul Bley
Bill Dixon
Archie Shepp
Cecil Taylor
CinematographyRobert Fresco
Edited bySonya Polonsky
Release date
  • 1981 (1981)
Running time
90 minutes


It features interviews with and musical and dramatic performances by pianist Cecil Taylor, saxophonist Archie Shepp, trumpeter Bill Dixon and pianist Paul Bley filmed in Toronto. [2] [3] [4] Bill Smith was the interviewer, and supporting the performers were the musicians Art Davis (bass), Freddie Waits (drums), Kenny Werner listed as Ken Werner (piano), Santi de Briano (bass) and John Betch (drums).[5]


The film has been digitally restored [6] and was released on DVD in 2007. [7]


Jonathan Rosenbaum praised it as "may be the best documentary on free jazz that we have". [8]


  1. ^ MUBI
  2. ^ All About Jazz
  3. ^ Documentary Screening: Imagine The Sound (1981) - Gardiner Museum
  4. ^ Austin Film Society
  5. ^ "Imagine The Sound". Sphinx Productions. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Sphinx Productions". Archived from the original on 2012-11-03. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  7. ^ KQEK DVD Review
  8. ^ FilmAffinity

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