Paris made a moderate splash in the jazz world in the 1950s with a string of critically acclaimed recordings and high praise from the likes of Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn. Unlike his admiring contemporaries, however, his career never quite reached household status and he eventually wandered into obscurity. Through interviews with family members and jazz personalities including Dr. Billy Taylor, James Moody and Mark Murphy, De Felitta probes deep to discover the truth behind a career full of missed opportunities.
If there is any joy to be found in De Felitta's film, it is through the exquisite soundtrack of rare Paris recordings, live footage from the Jazz Standard and an appearance the singer made on the Mike Douglas Show with his former wife and singing partner Anne Marie Moss. Through music the film succeeds at revealing Paris as a first-rate talent who deserves his proper place in jazz history.