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Duke Ellington: Reminiscing in Tempo (2006)

Duke Ellington: Reminiscing in Tempo




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Filmmaker Gary Keys crafts a compelling tribute to late jazz icon Duke Ellington in this companion piece to Keys' 1980 documentary Memories of Duke, which combines unseen clips captured during the famed pianist and bandleader's 1968 Mexican tour with footage and interviews shot at sister Ruth Ellington's annual birthday celebration. Though fans know well that the man known as Duke never celebrated his own birthday, ever since his death in 1974 sister Ruth has made up for lost time by hosting an annual gathering in which friends, family, and former bandmates all gather for a yearly birthday bull session. In addition to offering a closer look at the beloved jazz master, this lovingly-crafted documentary also features an original suite that was never commercially recorded.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
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On DVD: Mar 22, 2011

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

This documentary about Duke Ellington is too meandering to be of much use to the uninitiated, but Ellington fans will be grateful for the vintage film clips.

December 14, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Keys's tribute to a tribute is a charming riff on an epic figure.

Full Review… | December 12, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Messily affectionate.

Full Review… | December 21, 2006
Film Journal International

This puff piece is shapeless, repetitive and feels much longer than it is.

Full Review… | December 15, 2006
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Reminiscing in Tempo is simply not in sync with its subject matter.

Full Review… | November 30, 2006
Slant Magazine

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