26. 'Calle 54'
You won't learn a whole lot about the history of Latin jazz – an alchemical reaction of virtuosic playing and Afro-Cuban rhythmic underpinnings – in Spanish director Fernando Trueba's loving 2000 tribute. But you'll get plenty of exposure to its essence through a dozen beautifully filmed performances recorded, for the most part, at Sony Studios on 54th Street in Manhattan. These range from spectacular tunes by the exuberant Tito Puente (who died a year later) and brotherly Fort Apache Band, to stunningly intimate interludes with Brazil's Eliane Elias and Chucho and Bebo Valdés's remarkable father-son piano duet. Calle 54 is the rare music doc in which the sidemen alone are worth the price of admission, and while it may not travel wide, it flows deep.