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Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker Photos

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Rare concert footage, photographs and interviews illustrate a portrait of late pianist James Booker, whose great talent masked personal struggles with substance abuse and isolation.

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Nate Kohn
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Mark Sperling
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Lily Keber
Screenwriter
Aimée Toledano
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Tim Watson
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  • Bayou Maharajah is worth watching for the performance footage alone.

    July 10, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • [A] richly enjoyable documentary tribute.

    July 7, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A sympathetic portrait of a genuinely idiosyncratic, outrageous individual.

    July 4, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Booker sparkles in the archival performance clips, and director Lily Keber wisely homes in on his live solo performances, bringing out his character and talent.

    May 1, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Overall, though, Keber's film feels like an honourable attempt to tidy up after and make order of its subject's spiralling chaos.

    August 31, 2016 | Full Review…
  • [Booker] backed a huge number of musicians.. But his solo work -- shown here in rollocking, flamboyant archive performances -- allowed him to give full flight to his infectious and innovative mix of jazz, blues and classical.

    July 14, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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