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Arrows Into Infinity - A film by Dorothy Darr & Jeffery Morse [DVD] [2014] [NTSC]

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  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ECM
  • DVD Release Date: 28 July 2014
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JQHOB30
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,211 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Arrows Into Infinity chronicles Charles Lloyd's life, moving through time with memories, archive footage and music, lots of music. The film, directed and produced by Dorothy Darr and Jeffery Morse, includes interviews with Lloyd's current quartet of Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland, and tabla master Zakir Hussain from his Sangam trio. Among others who contribute their thoughts to this remarkable documentary are Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman, Robbie Robertson, Jack DeJohnette, Don Was, John Densmore, Jim Keltner, Geri Allen, Larry Grenadier, Stanley Crouch and Manfred Eicher.

Charles Lloyd's story is a special one, and it intersects with important moments in jazz history. Lloyd grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and had early contact both to masters of an increasingly sophisticated jazz tradition and the raw voices of the blues. Booker Little was a childhood friend, Phineas Newborn a mentor. In his teens Lloyd hit the road with Howlin' Wolf. He befriended Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry and Billy Higgins in a period when blueprints for musical freedom were redrawn, and replaced Eric Dolphy in Chico Hamilton's band, building a reputation as an exceptional saxophonist and a composer of strikingly original melodies. His own groups drew together some of the day's most exciting players, and his late 60s quartet with Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette made a huge impact, playing opposite Hendrix and Janis Joplin at the Fillmore Auditorium, touring Europe's festivals to great acclaim, making a now-legendary foray into the Soviet Union, and selling a million copies of their Forest Flower album, a massive FM radio hit.

Then Lloyd retreated from the limelight, preferring to play his flute in the mountain forests of Big Sur. For almost two decades sightings of him in jazz contexts were rare. A tentative return was made in the company of pianist Michel Petrucciani; the 1989 ECM recording Fish Out Of Water, with Bobo Stenson, Palle Danielsson and Jon Christensen signalled a new beginning. Since then he's led a succession of outstanding bands including the recent quartet with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland.

"Arrows gives a rare insight into the life of one of contemporary music's giants. The film finds a satisfying balance between documentary and exquisite live performance. There were times when I felt like clapping." - Mike Figgis, film director

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Amazingly stylish and informative. Lloyd is candidly himself as are those interviewed. Lloyd's story goes well beyond the usual paradigm of inner city celeb hedonism....on the video we meet the spiritual seeker who sought that first and whose music continues to ripen and mature in that light. A real revelation. There is a fair bit of his music on it and it certainly introduces the main works etc...but more complete tracks would have made this even better....still getting 5 stars cos I've watched it 3 times and will continue to watch it some more very soon- God willing!
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This is a film about the life of the jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd made by someone who loves him. There is plenty of good jazz in it. After watching it, I went out and bought his CD "Forest Flowers". I have watched it a few times. Great!
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All I can say it's brilliant
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Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful and Beautiful Film About An Extraordinary Artist and Musician 16 Jun. 2015
By Art Lover - Published on Amazon.com
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Arrows Into Infinity is an excellent documentary that looks closely at the musical, personal and spiritual journey of Charles Lloyd, one of the most significant musicians of our time. Co-directed and produced by Lloyd's wife Dorothy Darr the film has an intimacy that is clearly the result of their relationship and her deep knowledge and understanding of the man and his music after a forty year intimate relationship. That she has shaped this knowledge into a formidable film is a testament to her own skills as a filmmaker and artist.

Those who know Lloyd's music and career well will find much to like about this film as it delves deeply into the different stages of his life and music, including the decade between the early 1970s and 1980s in which he stopped performing publicly and disappeared from public view, though he continued to record. If you are interested in a beautifully crafted and intimate look at the life of a most significant artist, you will enjoy this film as well. It is a watershed film in the genre of music documentaries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary 8 Mar. 2015
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Very well-done documentary featuring fantastic old footage as well as interviews with critics, sidemen, and Lloyd's take on his career. This would be of interest to anyone interested in music, and not necessarily Charles Lloyd or jazz. As a longtime Lloyd devotee (one of my first five jazz albums was Moon Man), I still learned quite a bit about the man and his music. For fans of Charles Lloyd this is an absolute must own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Jazz Legend 2 Dec. 2014
By Polonius - Published on Amazon.com
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Ode to a great musical Artist, Explorer and Mentor !
Rich and evocative tracks with Charle's personal
insights on his spiritual search, collaborations
and his mastery of jazz's ephemeral moments
of magic. Easily (5) stars !
16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Same Labels that Amused You Will Abuse you. 30 Aug. 2014
By Keith Nathan Albrecht - Published on Amazon.com
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There is no need for a review here. Despite the fury and uproar of society , the spirit constantly changes and adapts, with alarming alacrity. Through the years, our lives and ears change to interpret man's evolution to His creator.But as I watched Charles , I couldn't help but notice his horn as an extension of his soul. Its shape , every part used, nothing is wasted. The deep bell, the clicky register keys, the supple reeds and every picture and influence running through his mind ,concurrently. He brandishes his sax like a fat man, or concealed weapon , or a gazelle. The solidarity of his brothers is always sincere ,and he plays from that sincerity. If you ever loved jazz, this movie will inspire you to hear more of this humble master of saxes and flute. But I feel,that certainly was not the message.The message is the silence between the music.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dorothy Darr and Morse have the perfect qualifications for the task in hand and they have ... 15 July 2015
By J. R. Fenton - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a cinematic marvel. Only film makers of extraordinary sensitivity could craft such a respectful biography. Dorothy Darr and Morse have the perfect qualifications for the task in hand and they have achieved what they set out to do. Showcase a musician and more importantly the spiritual forces informing Lloyds extraordinary music. If you are a Charles Lloyd fan you will find what you want and more. If you are not then this film will make you one. This is the diary of a journey through life; the most human of journeys and the watching it will fill you with joy. This is jazz made manifest. JazzLocal32.com
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