Reminiscing in Tempo
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Filmmaker Gary Keys crafts a compelling tribute to late jazz icon Duke Ellington in this companion piece to Keys' 1980 documentary Memories of Duke, which combines unseen clips captured during the famed pianist and bandleader's 1968 Mexican tour with footage and interviews shot at sister Ruth Ellington's annual birthday celebration. Though fans know well that the man known as Duke never celebrated his own birthday, ever since his death in 1974 sister Ruth has made up for lost time by hosting an annual gathering in which friends, family, and former bandmates all gather for a yearly… More
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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This documentary about Duke Ellington is too meandering to be of much use to the uninitiated, but Ellington fans will be grateful for the vintage film clips."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"This puff piece is shapeless, repetitive and feels much longer than it is."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Keys's tribute to a tribute is a charming riff on an epic figure."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"Reminiscing in Tempo is simply not in sync with its subject matter."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Messily affectionate."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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