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Round Midnight - a review
on 6 November 2005
Bertrand Tavernier's film is a classic study of the life of a jazz musician and the constant struggle for their art.Dexter Gordon gives a remarkable performance as the world weary Dale Turner who's fictional character is based around the life of Bud Powell but there are many similarities to his own life on display here.The struggle with alcohol,money problems,his battle with ill health and his much heralded return to America after living in Europe for many years.
Where the director earns great credit is the way he doesn't attempt to make a film showing the jazz life as a glamorous one but merely an everyday existence giving an insight into the life of a musican away from the performance arena.
As well as Gordon's great performance there are a host of other jazz names appearing including Herbie Hancock,Wayne Shorter and Tony williams.There is also a cameo from Martin Scorsese as the promoter who takes Turner back to America.
All in all a great study of the jazz life for all serious followers of the greatest music in the world.