“One of the great things about my life is that I haven’t the faintest idea what I’m gonna be doing in a year’s time.”
Sting works closely with his new band (Omar Hakim, Darryl Jones, Kenny Kirkland, Branford Marsalis, Dolette McDonald, and Janice Pendarvis) as they prepare to perform live in Paris.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Concert Films
- Michael Apted Films
Michael Apted (RIP, 1/7/21) directed this intriguing behind-the-scenes look at rock-star Sting going solo and collaborating with a jazz-oriented group of musicians. It won “Best Music Video, Long Form” at the 1987 Grammy Awards (which makes complete sense), and remains an invaluable time capsule of the artist at work. There’s a nice balance of light-hearted banter, creative collaboration, and truly fine music — especially by pianist Kenny Kirkland and saxophonist Branford Marsalis. While it’s not must-see by all film fanatics, it’s a well-done example of what concert films can offer to audiences.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- An intriguing glimpse behind the scenes of Sting’s creative world
No, but it’s recommended. Listed as a Personal Recommendation in the back of Peary’s book.