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Lush Life (1993)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama  |  October 1993 (USA)
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Superb drama about two best friends who play jazz in night clubs.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernie Andrews ...
Himself
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Al Gorky
Buddy Arnold ...
Benny
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Buddy Chester
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Janice Oliver
Valerie Bickford ...
Singer
Frank Cavestani ...
Trombone #1
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Jack
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Lucy
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Lester (as Alex Desert)
Pat Distefano ...
Waiter
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Session Leader
Charlie Heath ...
Young Man
Tom La Grua ...
Howard (as Tom LaGrua)
Laraine Mestman ...
Party Guest #1
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Superb drama about two best friends who play jazz in night clubs.

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Jazz dans la nuit  »

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The musicians seen on screen throughout the film are actual Los Angeles musicians who perform and record film scores, with the exception of actors Jeff Goldblum, Forest Whitaker, Don Cheadle and 'Alex Desert'. Everette Harp seen early in the film at a recording session is an actual jazz saxophonist with a complete discography. Forest Whitaker also starred in another film based on jazz, "Bird" in which he played late jazz saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker who is refernced in this film several times and plays the trumpet in reference to another great jazz musician, Clifford Brown. Lennie Niehaus, the film's composer and arranger's voice can be heard counting down the orchestra in the opening recording session that Jeff Goldblum and Forest Whitaker open the film with. Jack Sheldon who plays Norman, was a jazz trumpet player performing with the likes of Johnny Mandel and Stan Getz. See more »

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A superb celebration of modern jazz
14 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a real modern jazz movie; there are precious few of those, notwithstanding the efforts of those who have gone before or since. The "buddy" aspect, ala "Brian's Song" is well done, but for me, the energy is in the music, which is given as much rein as a drama from Hollywood permits.This music is mainstream hard bop, superbly performed by Chuck Findlay (trumpet) among others.I believed in the musicians' love of the music for its own sake.

I think it very strange that in the entire history of "modern" jazz, which for most musicologists occupies the period 1942-present, only "Round Midnight" and "Bird" and (maybe)"Giant Steps" address the music in a meaningful way on a par with this film, documentaries and concert films excluded.

One sees clearly that "Lush Life" is a labor born of love, destined to be a largely overlooked made for TV film.


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