Keep On Keepin' On (2014)
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[A] moving, observant documentary about the relationship between the ailing 93-year-old legend and master trumpeter Clark Terry and Justin Kauflin, a blind pianist Terry successfully mentored.
"Keep on Keepin' On" might document the passing of a musical torch from one century to the next, but for one sticking point: The first torch plain refuses to go out.
What really makes Keep On Keepin' On such a heart-tugging, three-handkerchief crowd pleaser is that at heart, it's a buddy movie.
Terry produced some of the happiest sounds in the history of jazz; Keep on Keepin' On keeps the smiles coming.
As joyful as a jumping jazz riff, Keep on Keepin' On is an inspiring story of devotion, dedication and multi-generational friendship.
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We've had so many great documentaries recently chronicling the musical careers of amazingly talented people, as well as documentaries about growing old and facing death as a person with a great legacy. Keep on Keepin' On represents both of these at once, and it's pretty wonderful. Focusing on the relationship between jazz legend Clark Terry and Justin Kauflin, Terry's student. As we watch Kauflin's talent and passion for jazz grow, we also watch the relationship between these two men evolve. It's something beautiful and inspirational to watch. So much of the time we see Terry as an elder statesman, passing on his knowledge and his love for the genre with every speech. Even in his debilitating state, Terry still wants to teach and to inspire this young man to have a life of passion and excitement. There are some truly emotional and lovely scenes between these two men as we watch them both dealing with the inevitable, Clark's progressing sickness and eventual death. They never really talk about it, but as they use their discussions about jazz to distract them, you can feel the weight of the elephant in the room. This film is inspiring, beautiful, and moving. Whether you love jazz or not, you will find something enjoyable about watching two men, at different stages in the development of their skills, find comradery with one another. There's a brotherhood here, and it's powerful and engaging. You don't want to turn away from it. And even if you don't love jazz, you may leave with a growing appreciation for it, as you see the skill and the heart it takes to really be great. Jazz serves as the soundtrack as well as the emotional driving force behind the film. It's impossible not to love.
For a non jazz fan an incredible insight to what makes those of us who love this music tick. Incredible.
First-rate doc on Clark Terry that goes deeper than expected. A wonderful film about mentorship, aging and jazz.
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