Dir. Michael Kelly, USA, 2020, 86 min
By 2011 Michael Patrick Kelly had been filming fly-on-the-wall footage of iconic jazz drummer Paul Motian for several years, following him from various public performances and recording sessions to his private excursions in his beloved Central Park: suddenly and without warning Paul became ill and died from a rare form of blood cancer. In 2015, Kelly began interviewing and re-interviewing the many musicians Motian played and recorded with including Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Carla Bley, Chick Corea, Gary Peacock, Chris Potter, Arlo Guthrie, (who Paul played with at legendary Woodstock Music Festival), and many others who were more than happy to reminisce about their experiences with this giant of the genre. With their words and his footage, Kelly has pieced together a touching tribute to a great man whose impact on his art-form will resonate for years to come.
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