Robert Altman's Jazz '34: Remembrances of Kansas City Swing

Film, Documentaries
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An off-shoot from Kansas City, this keeps the focus entirely on KC's legendary all-night jam sessions where the likes of Lester Young plied their trade. The music is stonking, but the documentary aspects are disappointingly half-hearted (brief oral testimonies sound suspiciously phony), and even the jam re-creations feel contrived. Handsomely shot and immaculately recorded, so it should please the jazzers.

By: TCh

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Duration: 72 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Robert Altman
Cast: Jesse David
David 'Fathead' Newman
Ron Carter
Christian McBride
Tyrone Clarke
Don Byron
Russell Malone
Mark Whitfield
Victor Lewis
Geri Allen
Cyrus Chestnut
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