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Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog (1998)

Nine years in the making, CHARLES MINGUS - Triumph of the Underdog is the first comprehensive documentary about jazz bassist, bandleader and composer Charles Mingus. A lucid involving ... See full summary »

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Don McGlynn
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Charles Mingus Charles Mingus ... Himself (archive footage)
Gunther Schuller Gunther Schuller ... Himself
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Nine years in the making, CHARLES MINGUS - Triumph of the Underdog is the first comprehensive documentary about jazz bassist, bandleader and composer Charles Mingus. A lucid involving portrait showing the many faces and tortured heart of a music genius, the film also features an abundance of clips of Mingus in performance.

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USA

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English

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24 October 2004 (Spain) See more »

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A superb glimpse into the life of Charles Mingus
28 October 2011 | by jmm9134See all my reviews

This film is excellent! Charles Mingus is one the most talented musicians/composers and one of the most interesting personalities in the history of America.

I have been a lover of music for my entire life, but I have been a lover of jazz for only the last ten. Before I watched this movie I knew very little about Charles Mingus. About eight years ago I'd heard his music for the first time when I bought a CD of his. I listened to it once and promptly put it back in it's case and decided that it wasn't for me. Then about three years went by and I was at a friend's house party and late that night after most of the quests had left my friend and I were talking about music and he mentioned Charles Mingus and how much he loved his music. He played his CD and I don't know what happened, but it was as if my ears had opened up for the first time and it sounded wonderful. Ever since then I've been a massive fan of all of Charles Mingus' music. His music is textured and layered and full of complexities I couldn't imagine possible. I love the energy and febricity that he infuses in each record. When I listen to his music I'm transported... I'm taken on a journey... I'm given an experience that other music just doesn't replicate. Watching this movie gave me a deeper insight into the man who made that possible. For me, the movie was compelling, but in the end it was still just a glimpse into his life. How can you expect a film to comprehensively capture the essence of a man's life? It left me wanting more, and yet I loved the experience it gave me and the insight it revealed.

This film inspired me.


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