BIFF17 Chasing Trane20th August, 2017
Jazz lovers, beware – this is one rabbit hole you might not ever emerge from!
This exhaustive documentary is brimming with fabulous, never-before-seen archival photographs and filmed appearances, delicious stories and fantastic sounds from and about the saxophone genius of jazz legend Robert Coltrane.
From his very first recording as part of a US Navy band stationed at Pearl Harbor in 1946, the film sets sail through Coltrane’s entire life and career, paying homage to his musical genius while charting a course through the enormous social change happening during his times.
Along the way we’re treated to first-hand stories of Coltrane and his contemporaries – including the Miles Davis Quintet – and his family and friends. Here it’s no surprise that Denzel Washington supplies the voice to the great man’s personal writings and written interviews.
Whether you’re a jazz obsessive, a casual fan or a philistine, there’s many a reward in just looking at the archival material and photographs. There’s so much cool stuff bubbling away just beneath the surface of this one-of-a-kind jazz pioneer, so get on board the Trane!
Official Selection: Toronto Film Festival
Official Selection: International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam
“... comprehensive, engrossing and, it’s tempting to say, worshipful … smartly shaped and vigorously told.” – Hollywood Reporter