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A film featuring performances of several stars of the Latin Jazz music scene.

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Fernando Trueba

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Fernando Trueba
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arturo O'Farrill Arturo O'Farrill ... Piano
Rolando Guerrero Rolando Guerrero ... Congas
Joe Gonzales Joe Gonzales ... Bongos
Jim Seeley Jim Seeley ... Trumpet
Matt Hilgenberg Matt Hilgenberg ... Trumpet
Mike Mossman Mike Mossman ... Trumpet
Joe Owens Joe Owens ... Trumpet
Peter Brainin Peter Brainin ... Tenor Saxophone
Mike Migliore Mike Migliore ... Tenor Saxophone
Marshall McDonald Marshall McDonald ... Alto Saxophone
Maximilian Schweiger Maximilian Schweiger ... Baritone Saxophone (as Max Schweiger)
Richard Perry Richard Perry ... Alto Saxophone
Papo Vasquez Papo Vasquez ... Trombone
Jack Jeffers Jack Jeffers ... Bass Trombone
Sam Burtis Sam Burtis ... Trombone
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Storyline

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. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Documentary | Music

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Spain | France | Italy | Mexico | Belgium

Language:

French | Spanish | English

Release Date:

6 October 2000 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Ulica 54 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,702, 22 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$183,140, 3 June 2001
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Jerry González is shown in concert repeating the names of the featured performers of the film while the screen splits into multiple part with each featuring footage and the name of each performer as the names are called out. In addition there are smaller boxes with the other bandmembers and their names seen in this film. See more »

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Virtuoso performances without interruptions
30 January 2013 | by sergiopl3000See all my reviews

If you are a music lover, any kind of music, this is a must see.

The introductions are brief and tasteful but the main strength of the film is that the performances are complete and very skillfully filmed, always in concordance with the rhythm and flow of each composition. Each performer gets to play in the same set in 54th street in Manhattan (hence the name) but with different colors reflecting the personality of the group or individual.

The common thread between all acts is that the music and performance is front and center, any context or description given are just a plus and the viewer is left alone to enjoy the virtuosos at work.

It's inevitable to pick favorites among all acts, for me Michel Camilo's dexterity, timing and taste are top.


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