|Title:||Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog|
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|06.23.06||Alamo Downtown|| I guess there's a jazz festival going on this weekend and Mingus is the subject. Because of that, there was a showing of this doc at the Alamo with Mingus' wife Sue in attendance to intro it and answer questions afterward. Who knew that she's a huge shoplifter of bootleg Mingus music!|
anyway, the doc's really good... covers Mingus' work and the sort-of reunion that happened when they filmed the doc of a group of musicians getting back together to perform some "lost" piece of his for the first time. I've always liked Mingus' bass and the way his tunes seem to explode in all kinds of emotion from sadness to anger to sweetness but I didn't know he actually composed more classical-type stuff as well. Interesting doc for sure... plus I love seeing that kind of crowd at an Alamo.. all old jazz hipsters and parents out on the town for a friday night... it makes me feel all cultural and stuff.