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  • Directors: Raymond De Felitta
  • Producers: David Zellerford
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Verve Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 6 April 2009
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001T4WYXW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,019 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Documentary chronicling the mysterious life of the late jazz vocalist Jackie Paris, who is regarded by many as one of jazz's greatest unsung heroes. After an impressive debut, Paris went on to face a series of ups and downs in his career, private tragedies and eventual obscurity. The film also tackles the deeper question of what it means to be an artist, and what can cause a talent such as Paris's to be overlooked and underrated for a lifetime.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I Bought This on 15 May 2010
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This is a most compelling and sensitive exploration of what happens when a fine artist fails to either a) get the breaks he deserves or b) make the most of the chances presented to him. The film doesn't offer much in the way of conclusion on this issue, but it is nonetheless a superb and timely study of Jackie Paris' fine artistry. Paris himself emerges as a rather charming, if prickly man, sure of the quality of his work and clearly pained by his failure to achieve the success enjoyed by some of his peers. However, as the film progresses we begin to understand the problems which Paris faced as well as the problems he possibly created for himself. Sadly, sometimes being a great artist just isn't enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By aquarius on 30 Sept. 2010
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This is a very good documentary which attempts to rehabilitate a sadly marginalized jazz singer who because of a variety of circumstances, both personal and professional, fell through the net and never obtained the recognition he should have had. I became interested in this singer when I took out a c.d. entitled Skylark from a mediatheque here in Lyon. Jackie Paris's voice is superb, he's articulation and phrasing faultless, and the selection of songs on the c.d excellent. This inspired me to get the DVD to learn more about this great jazz singer. I believe it is a must for all jazz affacianados, especially of the male jazz singer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By skimmity on 27 Feb. 2012
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First, I must admit I had never heard of Jackie Paris. I read a review of the DVD in a magazine, and my interest was piqued. The second most glaring thing to me, coming out of the DVD is, how come Jackie Paris never had a glittering career lasting 20/30 years? When people of (in my opinion) of lesser talents like; Tony Bennet, Buddy Greco made great careers. But the DVD reveals and underlying flaw in Jackie Paris - which the viewer must ascertain for him/herself. However, both the DVD and Jackie Paris are truly amazing - making this a worthwhile investment.
If you are interested in Jazz and Jazz Voices from a long ago time, this is the DVD for you. Jackie Paris was a notable Jazz Guitarist too, infact I recommend currently avalible CDs, especially Sky Lark (mentioned in the DVD).
Jackie Paris is a lost Jazz genius, a true singer of amazing quality, and an interesting character too.
This is a great DVD, so buy it and be amazed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brooke B. on 5 Oct. 2011
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I had never heard of Jackie Paris -- before my time -- but found this film to be quite captivating. Like a trainwreck. I could not look away, even though I had a sense things were going to get messy. His voice is fine, it's Jackie who got in his own way. The main reason I watched this documentary was because the director had also made the wonderfully flawed City Island with Andy Garcia. One gets the sense that the director knew he needed something to make this film work -- aside from injecting himself into it -- and he got it. Right at the end. I will not give it away, but it's worth the entire journey just for that surprise. Fascinating.
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I had heard of Jackie Paris before seeing this, but never heard his singing. For those
not familiar with that, Paris was a jazz singer with bop leanings. He did record,
but for different labels over the years with most out of print now. Japanese CD
reissues of 2 LP's were available at the time of the film. His voice reminded me
of a higher pitched Nat King Cole; presumably Mr. Cole may have been an early influence
but Paris had more bop influences. One can't help wondering how Paris would have
fared commercially with a more middle of the road approach. But he apparently stuck
to his guns musically. This may be a factor is his lack of really big success. This film
captured Paris on what turned out to be his last engagement, and shows as well earlier
examples, such as a bop flavored version of "Mexicali Rose" from a film short (probably
around 1950) and some later guest spots of television.
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