The mysterious puma. Only a lucky few have ever seen this magnificent cat that prowls the Andes. For two years, acclaimed natural history filmmaker Hugh Miles lived among Patagonia's pumas, capturing never-before-seen images of this shy, secretive predator. Experience the unprecedented trust formed between the filmmaker and an extraordinary puma he calls Penny. His camera, equipped with a special night-vision lens, reveals the triumphs and tragedies of Penny's life: She finds a mate, gives birth to three cubs, and guides her offspring through daily struggles against starvation and poaching. It is rare for a totally wild creature to allow a human to come so close, and Hugh Miles makes the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Now, you too can walk in the path of the Puma: Lion of the Andes.
Low-budget film about a young man given a mystical medallion by an Aztec shaman, in order to become a puma-empowered champion like his father before him. In trying to initially locate the young man, the shaman has the nasty habit of pushing candidates out of windows to test them ("Nope, not him.")
Guitarist Chuck Wayne came to prominence in the 1940's & 50's. He was best known for his work with Woody Herman and George Shearing. He was also Tony Bennett's musical director from 1953-57. Joe Puma was a contemporary of Chuck and fellow guitarists Jimmy Rainey and Johnny Smith, winning the Metronome New Star award in 1957. The two guitarists teamed up in 1973 for some duet playing in the tradition of Barnes/Kress and Ellis/Pass and this resulting album is one of the best of the genre.
"Two of the very finest of seasoned veterans are presented on this album. The collective playing experience of Joe Puma and Chuck Wayne covers an awesome line-up of major jazz artists and singers (if the names of Charlie Parker, Artie Shaw, Tony Bennett and Peggy Lee don't make you stop and think, they you've come to the wrong record bin)". (Jim Hall)