Made at the tail end of an era which saw profound expressions of African American self-actualization, nationalism, political optimism, and social realism, Speaking in Tongues is an important document. Made for German TV and aired in 1982, it is deeply Afro-centric creative expression by the filmmaker Doug Harris, using the remarkable Free-Jazz drummer Milford Graves as a vehicle to discuss the expanded Black consciousness and spirituality which grew from the gestures of Albert Ayler. Graves has always been one of my favorite drummers, composers, and improvisors. This is a rare glimpse into his world, featuring numerous performances, interviews, and insights, which also focus their lens on the wonderful saxophonist David Murray. I hope you enjoy this window into another time.
Speaking in Tongues – Part One
Speaking in Tongues – Part Two
Speaking in Tongues – Part Three