Monday, April 4, 2011

Duke Ellington - "Reminiscing In Tempo" DVD (director: Gary Keys)

This loving tribute was filmed predominantly at Duke's sister's yearly celebrations in honor of Duke's birthday. So expect a cast of Ellington's former bandmates and colleagues, some telling stories of the famed jazz bandleader/pianist's heyday and some even performing pieces. "Reminiscing In Tempo" strays from the usual documentary format in that it's like being at a party in honor of Ellington (which it is). Director Keys also inserts a number of rare video clips and photos into the mix, so this one's probably a must-see for fans and those curious about one of America's most important musical icons. Enjoyable and well-done. (MVD Visual)

Duke Ellington website

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