Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog

Film, Documentaries
Mingus was one of the great jazz composers and bassists; the blend of lyricism, intelligence, soul and fire in his music was also, by all accounts, painfully present in his personality, though this fascinating documentary, complete with rare clips and interviews with those who knew, played and lived with him, tends to soft pedal his more abrasively volatile side. That said, there are treats galore, perhaps most notably footage of Mingus duetting with the equally magnificent Eric Dolphy in 1964 and performing 'Pithecanthropus Erectus' in 1970.

By: GA

Release details

Duration: 78 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Don McGlynn
Screenwriter: Mike Spiller, Don McGlynn
Cast: Charles Mingus
Wynton Marsalis
John Handy
Dannie Richmond
Celia Mingus
Gunther Schuller
Dorian Mingus
Jimmy Knepper
Sue Mingus
Snookie Young
Eric Dolphy
Eddie Bert
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