Sunday 21 September 2008
Jazz On A Summer's Day
If there was any question that Bert Stern brought a background of photography to his first feature film, the 1960 documentary "Jazz On A Summer's Day", you just need to watch the first minute or so of the film. The camera lingers on several reflections off the water in Newport Rhode Island as the ripples change the image constantly.
There's some great performances and music in the film accompanied by random images and people from around the area and at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. But it's these opening moments (backed with some spiffy playing by the Jimmy Giuffre 3 doing "The Train And The River") that are staying with me.