J.L. Rubiera
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All About Jazz
Jazz da Gama

“Get Free” explores the journey of Abbey Rader, a jazz drummer, Buddhist and martial artist, who dedicated his life to the pursuit of spiritual freedom at all costs. His purpose was defined as a young musician in New York. In the fertile mid-60s, he experienced the spiritual power of John Coltrane’s quartet in the West Village. From then on, he sought to release himself from all constrictions, musical or otherwise. His path brought him to a Buddhist master from China and jazz legends on both sides of the Atlantic. Fifty years later, his quest to perform and live in the moment continues.

This superb and thrilling short deftly sheds light on Rader and his brilliant virtuosity as well as his personal philosophy rooted in Buddhism.
— Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz

Embracing Abbey Rader’s past can enrich the present. Not just his, but our own as well.
— Raul da Gama, Jazz da Gama