What’s on the screen rings true, but Fire Music falls short of being fair to history.
The players are striking out into the unknown: you may find the journey inspiring and you may sometimes find yourself lost in the woods.
Ornette Coleman’s music was avant-garde but, perhaps unconsciously, his notion of art as free lyrical adventure was deeply American.
Jazz fans with open ears should rush to this book: so should anyone interested in the creative process, its rewards as well as its challenges.
Free and fluid as it was, the set made memorable sense to the packed crowd at the Lily Pad.
Imagine Yourself in a Free and Natural World finds B L A C K I E reaching an ambitious artistic high, delivering potent pieces of jazzy discord that impressively conflate the barbaric and the beautiful.