Monday, 11 January 2010

'''Round Midnight'' A Bertrand Tavernier Movie (1986)

'''Round Midnight''

A Bertrand Tavernier Movie

In 'Round Midnight, real-life jazz legend Dexter Gordon brilliantly portrays the fictional tenor sax player Dale Turner, a musician slowly losing the battle with alcoholism, estranged from his family, and hanging on by a thread in the 1950's New York jazz world. Dale gets an offer to play in Paris, where, like many other black American musicians at the time, he enjoys a respect for his humanity that is not based upon the color of his skin. A Parisian man who is obsessed with Turner's music befriends him and attempts to save Turner from himself. Although for Dale the damage is already done, his poignant relationship with the man and his young daughter re-kindles his spirit and his music as the end draws near.
The character of Francis Borler is based on real-life person Francis Paudras who died in 1997. The character of Dale Turner played by actual jazz musician Dexter Gordon is based on a combination of real-life jazzmen Bud Powell and Lester Young.
The tone of the film is wistful and tragic as it follows Turner's struggle as an artist creating incredible beauty, but destroying himself with alcoholism, and the desperate attempts of his friend to save him. Tavernier defied the movie studio by insisting that real-life jazz tenor sax great Dexter Gordon (who himself played with Bud Powell in Paris in the 1950s) play the role of Turner. (He also helped to revise and rewrite the script.) The supporting cast is likewise composed of real jazz musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, John McLaughlin, Wayne Shorter, Pierre Michelot, Eric Le Lann, and others who play the music live throughout the film. The result is an authentic portrait that captures the Paris jazz scene of the 1950s, along with a stellar soundtrack (released in two parts as the official soundtrack Round Midnight and The Other Side of Round Midnight under Gordon's name).
The movie stars Dexter Gordon, François Cluzet, Gabrielle Haker, Sandra Reaves-Phillips, Lonette McKee, Christine Pascal and Herbie Hancock. Filmed in Paris and New York, the movie was written by David Rayfiel and Bertrand Tavernier.

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Anonymous said...

O Homem Da Gravata Florida said...

I was 15 when I bought this album and I coudn't find Bob McFerrin on track 1 till I realized he was playing mouth trumpet. Great Album btw.

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