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16th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival

Play Your Own Thing: a Story o
Germany | 2006 | 86min | 35mm | COLOR | Documentary | Musical


Jazz musicians such as Charlie Parker and Miles Davis are widely known but the names of Pierre Michelot, Tomasz Stanko and Miroslav Vitous are unfamiliar. As you can see from this, European jazz has a short history and little attention is paid to European jazz musicians. In , director Julian Benedikt tells of the arrival of jazz in Europe after the Second World War and the story of the musicians leading it. The documentary also features temporary European jazz musicians’ efforts to try hard to play their own music, rather than other peoples. It has a shorter history than American Jazz but it has a unique attractiveness because various the cultures of various countries are involved in it. Along with the traditional favorites including Duke Elington’s Blow by Blow, Clifford Brown’s Blues Walk and Miles Davis’ Nuit sur les Champs-Elysees composed for the film, , you can also listen to music by European jazz artists such as Joachim Kuhn, Tomasz Stanko and Peer Oddvar Johansen.

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Julian Benedikt

Julian Benedikt is an actor-turned-director whose fascination with the music of Chico Hamilton, led to his directing a documentary called Dancing to a Different Drummer(1994). This marked the start of his career as a director of documentaries such as Blue Note – A Story of Modern Jazz(1997), which earned him a Peabody Award as well as a Grammy nomination. Other works include a documentary on the photographer William Claxton, Jazz Seen(2001), and Play Your Own Thing - A Story of Jazz in Europe(2006).

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