Back in Brooklyn goes behind the scenes
By David Sands
Jan. 12, 2015
John Patitucci certainly needs no introduction to folks who follow the jazz scene.
Known for his nimbleness, clarity and versatility on both the acoustic and electric bass, he’s recognized as one of the great bass players of our time. In addition to making more than a dozen of his own albums, he’s played with a list of greats (jazz and otherwise) that includes Chick Corea, Carole King, Wayne Shorter, Queen Latifah, Herbie Hancock, Bon Jovi, Dizzy Gillespie and B.B. King.
While just listening to one of Patitucci’s projects is bound to be a pleasure for any of his fans, this time around he’s chosen to offer them a little more—a glimpse into his world.
Last week, Patitucci held the online premiere for his documentary, Back in Brooklyn. The new film offers a behind-the scenes look at the making of his latest album, Brooklyn. Released last May by Three Faces Records, the new recording explores his roots in the famous NYC borough. Playing with him on Brooklyn are his Electric Guitar Quartet bandmates: guitarists Steve Cardenas and Adam Rogers and drummer Brian Blade.
The film draws on live performances and insider footage from rehearsals and the recording studio to tell its story. It also features exclusive interviews with his family, bandmates and musicians like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Wayne Shorter.
Fittingly, the retrospective nature of the material allows the documentary to take a good look not just at the making of an album, but at the artist himself, delving into his past and work as a music educator.
“Back in Brooklyn delivers what it promises: an incredible journey into the life of a legendary musician at the top of his craft,” producers Bill and John St. Angelo said in a release. “John Patitucci is as cool as his music, but more than that, he is a good guy who takes care of his responsibilities. John’s humility is completely incongruous with the enormous impact his music has had on jazz, the musicians around him and his worldwide fans.”
“Our director Patrick Cone has done an incredible job of crafting a remarkable and inspirational portrait of this amazing man,” they add.
Back in Brooklyn is available now from August Sky Films.
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