Jackie Paris is an artist's singer raved as a legend in Jazz circles but an unknown as far as the general Jazz listening public goes. The only reason why he comes to light in this documentary is director Raymond De Felitta's fascination with him. De Felitta methodically goes through his discography, spliced in with interviews with the man himself and the handful of people who knew him. Part of the film is like a detective story, with the director trying to unearth the reason why a limitless talent like Jackie Paris never saw the light of day. In totality, a very decent documentary who puts you a virtual handshake away from Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus.
Rating: * * +