Calle 54 DVD - 2000 documentary directed by Fernando Trueba. This vibrant music documentary offers an incredible behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of Grammy Award winner Tito Puente and some of the greatest Latin Jazz artists of our time! Fernando Trueba presents his love affair with Latin jazz, his camera following 13 giants into the studio. Trueba drapes walls with single colors - red for Jerry González and the Fort Apache band, white for Tito Puente; his camera is close to faces, instruments, hands, and feet; bands' colors contrast with walls or their leader's clothes. Chucho Valdés does a pyrotechnic solo then joins his aged father Bebo for a subdued duet. Puntilla Ríos takes us to Africa, Chano Domínguez to a marriage of jazz and Flamenco, and Eliane Elias, her shoe-less foot on the pedal, to gorgeous and muscular elegance. With Paquito, Cachao, Patato, Chico, Gato, and Michel Camilo, we travel Calle 54. Extras on the dvd include: Audio commentary with associate producer and Latin Jazz Historian Nat Chediak (English and Spanish version), Documentary on the history of Latin Jazz, Musician bios and discographies, theatrical trailer, Audio track in Spanish or French and English subtitles. Rated G, 105 minutes.
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