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Struggling with Jazz

DeVeaux, Scott

The author engages Ken Burn's documentary "Jazz" from a personal and passionate viewpoint as a jazz musicologist. The author believes Burns and his colleagues are highly skilled and indefatigable at what they do, the art of film. However the problem he perceives is that any sense of gratitude is nearly impossible to separate from frustration, exasperation, and outright anger. One musician involved with the production privately summed up his feelings about Jazz to him as "a horribly flawed film with some truly great and beautiful things about it."



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Columbia University
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March 27, 2015