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I suggest you turn up the volume on your speakers and watch the short clip in the full screen version (by clicking on the rectangular icon all the way on the right near the bottom of the video) ...
Imagine Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage if the Swedish master had signed Rex Stewart up to do the screenplay. As I scan my eyes over my prized collection of hundreds and thousands of jazz records and CDs, I am thrilled by the possibilities this brilliant little film opens up. Indeed, I don't think that María and I will ever have another spat again without first putting one of those records on the turntable.
There is an interesting website on the film, including the script, director's notes and more. Click here to see it.
I first saw this film on Donna's Elements of Jazz website which I learned of through National Public Radio's A Blog Supreme / NPR Jazz (highly recommended).
hi lorenzo - saturday morning - snow on the ground outside. inside, the wicked trumpet work of rex stewart warming up the air. the film - the music - braided. each hanging side-by-side-by-inside. so very clever! when he finally pulled the chipped piece of pottery out of his robe pocket, and glue (!) well that was brilliant! thanks for sharing this. stevenReplyDelete
Pure delight Lorenzo! Stewart really makes that trumpet talk. Couldn't help but think that is what we must sound like to a baby listening to all our intonations, rumblings and exclamations. A real creative treat - thank you!ReplyDelete
Every couple should have a piece of music they can put on to lure them out of dispute into delight.
lorenzo - i have terrible internet where i currently am but just had to check your blog -- will be back to enjoy this video when i've stronger connection....but just love the bathos and pathos.....;-)ReplyDelete
I would hate to have Stewart anywhere near me when the smoke rises in our kitchen.ReplyDelete
This is a wonderful little film.
Brilliant. What a treat on this panhandle Florida first-frost with deer in the clearing morning.ReplyDelete
Oh well, that was just so delightful.ReplyDelete
How incredible. When I see something completely original and so exceptionally entertaining, I wonder how humans keep finding new ways to be creative! Everything about this little film was well done -- the photography, the casting, acting and that fantastic screenplay.ReplyDelete
Perfect. Priceless. I found myself scanning my inner record collection (Gillespie, Davis, even Sweets Edison), and nothing came close. You have found the perfect nugget for this morning read. Thanks - so worth the visit today! EFHReplyDelete
Really great. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
This video was delightful. I must show it to my husband. Thank you for it.ReplyDelete
I enjoyed this very much, Lorenzo. The expressions were marvelous. And, of course, that jazz... Very well done!ReplyDelete
Pretty interesting. I wonder if Charlie Brown was as much an influence on the filmmakers as Rex Stewart.ReplyDelete
Ah, pop culture.
Oddly enough, the word verification is "saxernut."
A fascinating piece, Lorenzo. Just when I think there is nothing really new under the sun, along comes something like this. The possibilities of creativity are endless.ReplyDelete
Oh man, that was great. And you taught me a new word "bathos". Well, actually I am still not sure how to use it but at least it is in my radar now.ReplyDelete
Oh, this is FABULOUS! Genius! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Argh! Too late to watch the video with the sound (household asleep), so will have to return. What an interesting man, however. One doesn't generally associate a jazz musician with authorship. Not very sensible, is that? I'll be back...ReplyDelete
And back I am. BRILLIANT!ReplyDelete
How do you find these things? Thank you so much.