Imagine the Sound

Imagine the Sound

Year: 1981 & 2007
Running Time: 90 mins
Remastered/ Colour/ 5.1 Stereo
Directed by: Ron Mann

Featuring: Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley, Archie Shepp, and Bill Dixon.
Producers: Ron Mann, Bill Smith
Director of Photography: Robert Fresco
Sound Recordist: Phil Sheridan
Editor: Sonya Polonsky

IMAGINE THE SOUND brings together interviews and performances with the prime innovators of the once controversial free jazz movement of the 60s.

The first feature documentary by Ron Mann is an eloquent tribute to a group of highly celebrated artists that helped forge the avant-garde jazz of the 1960s.

Critic and film historian Jonathan Rosenbaum has said IMAGINE THE SOUND “may be the best documentary on free jazz that we have.”

The film features articulate interviews and dramatic performances by pianists Cecil Taylor and Paul Bley, tenor saxophone Archie Shepp, and trumpet player Bill Dixon.

Notes on the Restoration

IMAGINE THE SOUND was digitally restored from its original 1981 release format in 16mm, mono (optical) sound to HD (High Defi nition), 5.1 stereo.

A brand new low con print was struck from the original 16mm negative, for a widescreen HD transfer on a Spirit DataCine; the sound was entirely remixed on ProTools from the original 35mm stereo recorded master and 16mm magnetic dialogue tracks.