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Nicholas Sheffo
Fulvue Drive-in, January 2017

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Three Sided Dream (2014) is a good, if slightly short documentary biography of the sometimes-controversial and not discussed enough Jazz musician who was part of the counterculture, Civil Rights Movement and great period of the arts on TV in the 1960s and 1970s. Though interviews from those who knew him, some unexpected animation and a very generous, extensive array of film and video clips of his TV appearances and work, plus home movies and the like, this program sets the record well about what he did, achieve and how we lost him too soon. Needless to say the music is constantly impressive and his showmanship is only outdone by his talent and ambition. Definitely worth a look, especially for serious music and history fans. © 2017 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review




DownBeat Magazine, December 2016

A labor of love by filmmaker Adam Kahan, this documentary provides a welcome look into the too-short life of saxophonist/composer Kirk through home video, performance footage, interviews with former colleagues and a rare clip of Kirk performing on the The Ed Sullivan Show.

This is a fascinating portrait of an artist who went blind at an early age yet developed innovative musical approaches, such as playing—even after suffering partial paralysis. Viewers can experience Kirk Playing “Black Classical Music” on “plantation earth”, in this film, which was named Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival. © 2016 DownBeat Magazine





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