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Video: Truth | Kamasi Washington

A rapturous jazz meditation on truth in all its forms

‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty, – that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.’
– From ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ (1819) by John Keats

It says much about the concept of ‘truth’ – that which is actual, ultimate and indisputable – that the possibility of its very existence is a source of centuries-long contention. And it says much about humans that, despite the search for truth being so endlessly uncertain, aspiring to grasp it is such a powerful motivating force for humanity. Deep within us, it seems, is a drive transcend the indeterminate world we’re born into, impossible or paradoxical as that may be. And, as the music video for Truth by the US jazz stalwart Kamasi Washington explores, this enduring human effort takes a great many forms.

Written by Adam D’Arpino for Psyche

Running time: 14 minutes

Music by Kamasi Washington

Director: AG Rojas

Producer: Pete Vitale

Cinematographer: Evan Prosofsky

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2 comments on “Video: Truth | Kamasi Washington

  1. José A. Alcántara
    April 9, 2022

    Gorgeous. Particularly the overhead of the men wrestling within the ring of flowers. Gives me faith in human beings again. And I don’t even like jazz!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      April 9, 2022

      Well, I love jazz, but I like this film for much the same reason you do: the imagery could be in a poem rather than a film.

      Michael Simms https://www.michaelsimms.info

      Author of Nightjar Author of American Ash  Founder of Autumn House Press Editor of Vox Populi


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