The joint Enzian and Park Ave CDs cinematic partnership has not only redeemed the usual dismal prospects for fun on a Monday night, it has also brought to Orlando (well, Maitland) sonic/visual gems on Nick Cave and X Japan that otherwise would have to be given even more sad/exclusive screenings on our lonely laptops. This week’s offering, however, has a hell of a lot of potential. Seasoned documentarian John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon
) offers up a labor of love tribute to one of the all-time and most mercurial greats of jazz music, saxophonist and free-jazz innovator John Coltrane. How does one even approach a career that included both the tuneful bop of Blue Train
and the mind-melting scree of Ascension
? Very carefully? With the cooperation of Coltrane’s family and associated record labels, Scheinfeld attempts to merge hagiography and personal remembrances to present a complete portrait of one of the most complex figures in modern American music. An early review in LA Weekly
may claim that Coltrane’s music gets at times crowded out by a procession of talking heads, but interviews with Wayne Shorter and home movie footage with Alice Coltrane have us nonetheless very intrigued.
9:30 p.m. Monday, June 19 | Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland | 407-629-0054 enzian.org