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:: The Blues Collection: Piano Blues

This is part of the Martin Scorsese series on The Blues. “Piano Blues” is directed by legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood. Clint has had a strong fascination and love of the piano, in terms of blues and jazz. Therefore, he goes deep into history to find rare footage of personalities such as Dave Brubeck, Jay McShann, and Marcia Ball, to name a few. Everybody has a particular musical love and with Clint Eastwood, the artists on show here have been important in his life.

Of course, he has played piano and he is in his element when the documentary sees him playing and chatting to greats like the late Ray Charles. The low-key demeanour sees the piano being the focus for the viewer rather than the player in this case.

There are specially recorded performances and old footage of Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, and others. It’s a happy and worthy documentary where Clint often keeps his distance to allow the piano masters at work.

DVD Extras

- Clint Eastwood biography and filmography
- 5:1 surround sound
- The Blues trailer
- Rare archival footage of Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner, Fats Domino, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, and others.