An experimental jazz icon who has played with Albert Ayler, Giuseppi Logan, and Sonny Sharrock, Milford Graves is now the subject of a documentary as radical as his music. With a variety of formats, the film mixes interviews about Graves’s craft with impromptu backyard kung-fu sessions, archival performances, and glimpses of his eccentric home studio. Graves talks about the practices and technologies that have driven his work, from recordings of heartbeats to concepts of energy related to Chinese medicine. Even if you’re unfamiliar with his work, you’re sure to find Graves’s passions infectious and captivating.
Q&A with Milford Graves, Jake Meginsky, and Neil Young