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Rising Tones Cross
Directed by Ebba Jahn • 1985 • West Germany
Starring John Zorn, David S. Ware, Rashied Ali
This essential document of New York’s avant-garde jazz scene in the 1980s is packed with thrilling performances by boundary-pushing musicians like Charles Gayle, William Parker, John Zorn, and Wayne Horvitz, as well as enlightening interviews that contextualize the scene and its place within the history of American race and music. Capturing the ecstatic freedom of improvisation, RISING TONES CROSS is an exhilarating tribute to the spirit of the avant-garde and to the unique combination of grit and creative energy that made New York City the epicenter of jazz.