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New Doc ‘Fire Music’ Sets the Record Straight on Free Jazz

New Doc ‘Fire Music’ Sets the Record Straight on Free Jazz
For some, Ken Burns’ 2001 PBS series Jazz was a definitive, open-and-shut take on its subject, as comprehensive a portrait of the genre as one could hope for. For others, the series was a major slight. As Tom Surgal, director of the new doc Fire Music put it in a 2015 interview, Burns’ 10-part program “really got into pretty thoroughly depicting the entire history of the jazz continuum and virtually ignored free jazz altogether.”

Fire Music, which screens Monday night at the New York Film Festival, is his feature-length corrective. Whether you
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