Review: With ‘A Jazzman’s Blues,’ Tyler Perry looks forward by looking back

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The Detroit News

Forbidden love, the racism of the Deep South and a thorny murder-mystery are the ingredients of Tyler Perry’s “A Jazzman’s Blues,” the writer-director’s epic drama where Madea is, thankfully, nowhere to be found. Perry traffics in heavy melodrama here and his execution is often surface-level and obvious. But it’s never dull, and the scope of his story well exceeds his usual vision. “A Jazzman’s Blues” marks a change for Perry and it feels, in many ways, like the movie he’s been waiting to make forever. In one sense, that’s true. Perry originally conceived the film in 1995, the first script he …

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