Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog [DVD] [1997]

This extensive documentary on jazz legend Charles Mingus comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this Shanachie release is still recommended to any jazz enthusiast or newcomer.
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Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog
The focus of filmmaker Don McGlynn's fourth documentary on a musical figure is arguably one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, Charles Mingus. The mad/genius, poet/musician forever changed American popular music and jazz with his classical influence, devotion to Duke Ellington, and superb musicianship. In bittersweet tributes, fellow musicians, musical scholars, and two wives recount the life of the gentle taskmaster, while performance footage fills most of the screen time. Though his reputation as an unpredictable, rather lost soul proves not totally inaccurate, some explanation is offered for the great mental hardship and physical suffering the artist endured during his brief tenure as a musical giant, all seemingly at the hands of his gift for music. ~ Denise Sullivan, Rovi

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  • Charles Mingus
    Charles Mingus
  • Wynton Marsalis
    Wynton Marsalis
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