HOW have i never seen this before? and why is it rated so low? check out that cast list. Sammy Davis Junior as star horn player Adam Johnson. Louie Armstrong is "Willie". Ossie Davis is Davis. Cicely Tyson is the love interest. co-stars Frank Sinatra Junior, Mel Torme, Peter Lawford is his agent Manny. Lola Falana, Morgan Freeman. has a greater cast ever been in one film?? Adam has experienced so much loss, it comes out in his horn playing. he's wild, explosive. eccentric. and when they get into a hassle with the local coppers, he fights for his rights, and refuses to bow down. great stuff, if a little over the top. but to be fair, it was 1966, right in the heart of the fight for civil rights. Really Good! Directed by Leo Penn, father of Sean Penn. has his own interesting story. One of the last films of Louis Armstrong... he even sings a couple songs. Highly recommend this one!