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Film Review: ‘We Will See Tomorrow’

Yuliya Tikhonova's film offers a perfunctory tribute to the 40-year-old Harlem Blues and Jazz Band.

Cast:

Albert Vollmer, Shelton Gary, Joey Morant, Art Baron, Bo "Bosse" Stenhammer, Michael Max Fleming, Ruth Brisbane.

A perfunctory tribute to the 40-year-old Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, with an emphasis on co-founder Albert Vollmer, “We Will See Tomorrow” poses no threat to the year’s high-profile music documentaries including “20 Feet From Stardom” and “Muscle Shoals.” Essentially a homemovie cobbled together with bland talking-head interviews, director Yuliya Tikhonova’s film offers little to interest jazz aficionados or those simply curious about the band’s lineup of veteran sidemen from the era of classic jazz. Contrary to the optimistic title, prospects for the pic’s future look decidedly bleak.

Previously the subject of 2004 doc “The Last of the First” (featuring a different roster of performers who subsequently passed away and were replaced), the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band has proven remarkably enduring since Swedish-born jazz enthusiast Vollmer initiated the group in 1973. He gets the bulk of the attention here, though the hardships or rewards of maintaining a niche appeal ensemble go unexplored. Highlights are limited to segments of the band in action, captured without any discernible energy or finesse in the rudimentary tech package. Pic’s presentation is so sloppy that music from performances occasionally drown out interview soundbites.

Film Review: 'We Will See Tomorrow'

Reviewed online, West Hollywood, Oct. 31, 2013. Running time: 60 MIN.

Production:

(Documentary — U.S.-Kazakhstan) An OGB Prods. presentation. Produced by Yuliya Tikhonova, Albert Vollmer, Hakki Subentekin.

Crew:

Directed, written by Yuliya Tikhonova. Camera (color/B&W, HD), Artem Agafonov, Hakki Subentekin; editors, Barrett Neimeth, Vitaliy Dvoretskiy, David Morales, Tikhonova.

With:

Albert Vollmer, Shelton Gary, Joey Morant, Art Baron, Bo "Bosse" Stenhammer, Michael Max Fleming, Ruth Brisbane.

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