PLAY YOUR OWN THING describes musically, visually, spiritually, but never theoretically the development process of Jazz in Europe with its emancipation and expertise, its freedom and individualism, the development of numerous styles and variations, the specifically European influences and the productive differences with American ways of playing from the beginning of the Jazz Age up until today. John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Charlie Parker stand for the great era in Jazz, but who knows Miroslav Vitous, Pierre Michelot, Krzysztof Komeda, Palle Mikkelborg, Tomasz Stanko, or René Urtreger? The film is a tribute to these champion performers, who, after World War II, were infected by the Jazz „virus“ from overseas, but were able to create paths of their own. Containing myriad distinctive qualities traditional to each country and their musical heritage, they invented a totally new form of musical expression, a sort of European identity in Jazz. These artists became true musical pioneers, opening the door for the so-called European avant-garde up until today. PLAY YOUR OWN THING traces back through the encounters and musical interchanges of cultures, which are different, but have always nourished each other.

With: Arild Andersen, Georg Baselitz, Django Bates, Stefano Bollani, Till Brönner, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Richard Cook, Wolfgang Dauner, Karl-Heinz Drechsel, Manfred Eicher, Jon Falt, Jan Garbarek, Michael Godard, Dexter Gordon, Dusko Gojkovic, Juliette Gréco, Arve Henriksen, Anders Jormin, Krzysztof Komeda, Joachim Kühn, Paul Kuhn, Slawomir Kurkiewicz, Gerard Lavigny, Albert Mangelsdorff, Marylin Mazur, Palle Mikkelborg, Pino Minafra, Michael Miskiewicz, Niels Henning Oersted Pedersen, Enrico Rava, Antonello Salis, Klaus Schultz, Coco Schumann, Louis Sclavis, Martial Solal, Tomasz Stanko, Bobo Stenson, Stan Tracey, René Urtreger, Christian Wallumrod, Marcin Wassilewski, Ben Webster, Richard Williams, Robert Wyatt, Joe Zawinul

© 2006 / 89 min.
Production: Benedikt Pictures
In co-production with: ZDF/Arte, Eikon, Delphi Film Distribution, SF, DR, YLE, NRK
Funding: MFG, FFA, Media
Producer: Julian Benedikt
Script/ Director: Julian Benedikt
Camera: Peter Indergand, Vladimir Subotic, Frank Griebe, John Allen
Editing: Andrew Hulme
Line Producer: Monika Kintner
Format: HDV / 16:9 / Cinemascope 1:1,85 / Color
Worldwide Distribution: EuroArts www.euroarts.com

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