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New documentary Buster Williams Bass To Infinity asks for support

Nearly complete, the film about the US bassist, Buddhist and composer launches Kickstarter to pay for editing

A documentary about US bassist Buster Williams is in its final stages of production. Directed and produced by Adam Kahan, all the footage and early editing has already been done, with a crowdfunding campaign now launched to help finish the project.

As a composer and bassist, Williams has played with a host of artists from Sarah Vaughan to Miles Davis, Nancy Wilson, Art Blakey and many others. In Buster Williams Bass To Infinity, Williams tells his own life story, as he's joined on camera by Benny Golson, Herbie Hancock, Rufus Reid, Christian McBride, Larry Willis, Carmen Lundy, Kenny Barron and Lenny White.

“It is a film about a great contributor to America’s greatest art form, and many other greats” says Kahan on the project's Kickstarter page. “Monk, Trane, Paul Chambers... All of these artists' stories makeup that thing we call jazz, and each individual, each story is intertwined to make up a whole.”

“We have already shot the entirety of this film and the editing is in progress” he explains. “We do however need to raise money for a good amount of editing to come.”

Kahan has used crowdfunding to finance music documentaries before, including The Case Of The Three Sided Dream about Rahsaan Roland Kirk (reviewed in The Wire 384) and a film on Junior Mance, Sunset And The Mockingbird, which is still in production.

You can watch the trailer below. As the time of writing, 14 days are left on the campaign, with £5,873 raised out of the £14,395 target.