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ON THE ROAD WITH DUKE ELLINGTON

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On the Road with Duke Ellington

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
genre:
musical, Documentary

We gave it a C+

An overview without a point of view, a sketch without perspective, Robert Drew’s film works only as an introduction to the jazz great. Placing equal weight on Ellington’s all-night composing sessions and his morning meals, the filmmaker reverently follows a 68-year-old genius still going out night after night, as the narrator notes, to play ”the same old standards…again and again.” But how does that feel? We won’t find out here: Drew is less interested in exploring an artist than in enshrining a legend.

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