In Slate, Forrest Wickman accused the film of distorting and misinterpreting the anecdote about Charlie Parker that both Neiman and Fletcher retell and frequently allude to, in order to fit the film's themes. Both state that drummer Jo Jones threw a cymbal at the teenage Parker's head as punishment for Parker's supposedly losing the beat of the composition they were performing in Count Basie's band during a 1930s performance. "Jones," Wickman wrote, "didn't throw the cymbal at Parker's head. He threw it at the floor around his feet, 'gonging' him off. In other words, it was not an episode of physical abuse." And Jones was not reacting as much to Parker's losing the beat as he was to Parker's failure to change key with the rest of the band.
The incident, both characters recall, inspired Parker to practice obsessively, as Neiman does, in the hope of realizing his potential. "But this version of the tale doesn't reflect where genius really comes from," Wickman writes. "A mounting body of evidence shows that no amount of practice, whether 10,000 hours or 20,000 hours, guarantees true genius." Whiplash, he says, does viewers a disservice by promoting the belief that practice makes perfect.
In writing for The New Yorker, film critic Richard Brody argued that "Whiplash honors neither Jazz nor cinema".
>>53041682 I don't feel like that's a bad thing. It's better than the usual crop of fucking Peter Brotzmann+John Zorn4life faggots. At least the people who are listening to Coltrane and Davis are doing it because they enjoy it. Even if they needed a push in that direction. Plus, it's easier to rec them other jazz artists because they're not doing it to look cool.
>>53041847 Artistic licence. Anyone who has qualms about them distorting the anecdote a little bit for the sake of it fitting a bit better with the narrative is a pedantic faggot who ought to be watching documentaries if their gonna be annoyed by historic or scientific inaccuracies. Especially if they're that small. Also, the best jazz musicians spent ridiculous amounts of time practicing. Parker included. Granted there does need to be a bit of natural talent and inspiration, ultimately if Parker wasn't spedning most of his day practicing he wouldn't have been able to play so well. Jazz isn't the kind of music where you can get away with just being creative. If you're gonna sound any good you need technical skill and theory behind you.
>>53041824 Not that guy but: Sketches of Spain, Miles from India, Live/evil, Pangaea, on the corner, Miles Smiles, Sorcerer and Birth of the cool are all in the territory of if not better than In a Silent Way.
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