I saw it in Minneapolis on October 2, 2009, at the Oak Street Cinema in Minneapolis, where it was part of the 10th annual Sound Unseen films-about-music festival, and thought it was pretty good. Dave King was in the house with his wife and kids; they had probably come expecting to see performance clips and interviews featuring The Bad Plus, of which King is a member. But TBP appeared only in the opening credits (or closing, I can't remember which) of the film, which tells just part of the story.
The 93-minute feature was carved out of a 4-part documentary that has run on cable and satellite TV and at jazz festivals. Having seen the feature film a year and a half ago, I'd love to see the documentary. I would buy the documentary--if I could afford it. Priced for the educational market, it costs $495.
Here's a trailer. Note the copyright date at the end: 2005.
Icons may be the second-best-promoted jazz film in history, after the Burns box set. I get frequent emails about it—where it is showing, awards it has won, the fact that several artists who appear in the film are current Grammy nominees. It also has a very active Facebook page. Sometimes I feel pelted with information about a film I have already seen.
Here's a fb response from April 21, 2010, to the question, "Will you be releasing the 4 Part Documentary?"
The 4 part documentary film series will be released in a DVD box set with the feature length version and some other special goodies. We anticipate this to be ready for fall/winter of this year.And another from January 27 of this year:
We are delaying the series DVD release a bit because our educational version of the series will be available for order via our sub-distribution partner Naxos in about a month. The educational version has a "monumental" - G. Osby, study guide component which was spearheaded by our team member B Dahlia that will comprise of over hundred discussion questions based on the series. We wanted to wait a few months before releasing our consumer retail version, so that the educational version can take hold. Stay tuned though and thanks for your inquiry.So now there's to be a second educational version?
Dear Paradigm Studios: The documentary is not getting any younger or newer. To quote Terence Blanchard from the film itself, "Let it go! Just let it go!"