Keep On Keepin' On (2014)

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Released 20-Apr-2015

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2014
Running Time 82:08
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Alan Hicks
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Davis Coombe
Alan Hicks




Case ?
RPI $29.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English (Burned In)
English for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Jazz is a wonderfully expressive musical form which many people find difficult to understand. It relies on intuition and improvisation from the players as they perform, not relying on printed music or a set sequence of notes. One of the greats of this wonderful art form over the past 95 years was Clark Terry, a trumpet and flugel horn player. He was born in 1920 and started working as a full time jazz musician in the 1940s and did not stop playing until he died earlier this year from the side effects of diabetes. He was a member of some of the greatest bands in jazz including the Count Basie Orchestra in the 1940s, Duke Ellington's band and the Quincy Jones Orchestra. He also recorded many solo albums as band leader and on many other musicians’ recording sessions. He is considered to be one of the greatest trumpet players ever and had quite a lot of influence on musicians such as Miles Davis and Quincy Jones (who was his first student). In his later years he decided to focus on teaching other musicians about jazz and helping them to achieve their dreams. Through this process he held numerous workshops and lessons with young players, including in 2007 a young blind jazz pianist, Justin Kauflin. This documentary covers Terry's career quickly but is focused on the relationship between Terry and Kauflin and how they helped each other.

     The documentary includes some interviews with other jazz luminaries to get their views on Terry and follows the course of Terry's illness as his condition worsened, leaving him bedridden or in hospital. Regular visits from Kauflin kept Terry going during the hard times, along with the support and love of his wife, Gwen. She mentions in the documentary the profound impact on his mental state that listening to Justin play, or having a visit from him had. The footage of Justin playing at Terry's bedside and Terry's reaction too makes the impact obvious. It brings light to his eyes and a smile to his face, despite losing his legs to diabetes. During this time Kauflin also gains from the interactions with the jazz great. His mentoring allows Justin to reach the semi-finals of a famous jazz competition and then, as time passes and his confidence grows, to be asked on a world tour with Quincy Jones, culminating in a management contract and a major label record.

     This high quality and emotionally affecting documentary was directed by Australian jazz drummer and documentary maker, Alan Hicks. He also was mentored by Clark Terry during his time studying jazz at William Paterson University in New Jersey. He has received a number of awards for the film including Best New Director at the Tribeca Film Festival.

     If you have any interest in jazz, this film is a must see. Documentary fans will also enjoy its natural emotionality which doesn't dip into sentimentality.

     Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     This video transfer is very good for a DVD but is a combination of archival footage of Terry performing, amateur video and footage shot specifically for the documentary. The newer parts are nicely sharp and have good colour but feature some aliasing at times. Older footage is variable with some showing macro-blocking and colour issues but nothing more than you would expect. Some footage is 4x3 and/or black & white, however the majority is 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced.

     There are subtitles available in English for the Hearing Impaired and burned in subtitles for some of the mumbled dialogue especially from Terry. They are both clear and easy to read.

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Audio

     Generally, this is a good soundtrack although quite front focused. The music is a highlight and sounds good. Dialogue is clear except for mumbled dialogue from Terry but that is not a fault of the soundtrack. The music is mostly jazz piano from Kauflin and some archival footage of Terry performing. The surround speakers add atmosphere and the subwoofer supports the music. The technical specification is Dolby Digital 5.1 and there is also an Audio Descriptive track.

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Extras

    No extras.

Menu

    The menu features music.

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Summary

    A high quality and emotional documentary about a jazz great and his protege.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extras are playing late in a Jazz Club.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, May 22, 2015
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DVDPanasonic DMR-PWT500, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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