'Tis Autumn - The Search For Jackie Paris
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'Tis Autumn - The Search For Jackie Paris
In the 1950s and '60s, Jackie Paris was one of the most celebrated jazz vocalists of his generation; he collaborated with such giants as Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, and Dizzy Gillespie, he was a favorite of leading music critics, and recorded for such top jazz labels as Impulse and East-West. But ten years on, Paris had fallen so far off the radar that a major jazz reference work reported that Paris had died in 1977, even though he was still around and occasionally performing at the time. In the 1990s, filmmaker Raymond De Felitta heard some of Paris' recordings and became an… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a fascinating tale that reveals as much about the cutthroat nature of the music biz as it does about this witty, nostalgia-prone elder statesman."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"It's nothing compared with Bruce Weber's homage to Frances Faye -- another singer's singer -- in 2001's Chop Suey."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"At times fascinating, but De Felitta's presentation is sometimes a little skewed."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"Paris himself is a tight-lipped interviewee of the old school; that all changes the moment he steps on stage, when we see what they have all been talking about."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
"While Paris' singing features large, not just jazz fans will be moved by this personal, devastating portrait."
‑ , Total Film
"It gives us a glimpse back to a time when hepcats were cool and jazz was king, reminding us that the power of great music transcends time, fate, exile and even death."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"Part adoring fan letter, part meditation on the elusive nature of fame and success, part investigative piece, 'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris is a music documentary of uncommon richness."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A striking portrait of the price of fame and the transience of the music business spotlight."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Film4
"Annoyingly, Raymond de Felitta intrudes into his own movie, yet he also makes the case that here was a distinctive if wayward talent."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
""How come we never heard of him?" you cry. Deep mystery. But it develops an unexpected power in the final reels, when skeletons fairly rattle out of cupboards."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"It's hard not to be moved by 'Tis Autumn -- The Search for Jackie Paris."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Like the maker of the similar documentary Stone Reader, De Felitta is determined to restore Paris' work to public view. Based on the many delightful samples on the soundtrack, it's an exemplary goal."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Beginning as dreary jazz hagiography but ending as unflinching personal investigation."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"Pit him against an inexperienced documentary-maker and the result is an often hilarious hotchpotch of cack-handed research and dim-witted interview techniques."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"Not, perhaps, the greatest voice you never heard, but a performer who was unlucky to miss the boat."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
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