Calle 54

Calle 54, a glorious Latin jazz documentary from Oscar-winning Spanish director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque), stands with Wim Wenders' The Buena Vista Social Club as a landmark musical tribute. Whether it's the late Tito Puente on timbales, Gato Barbieri on tenor sax, a barefoot Eliane Elias on piano or Jerry Gonz lez on fluegelhorn and congas, the sound is pure, resonant and transporting. Sexy, too. This is one summer movie with real sizzle.

From The Archives Issue 259: February 23, 1978