Friday, December 2, 2011

Bayou Maharajah: The Troubled Genius Of James Booker

As many of you have read on these very pages, I'm a bit obsessed with the late, great James Booker. I've done a few posts here and on The Huffington Post about his genius, as well as offered up more than a few samples of his wizardry on the piano.

I had the pleasure of seeing a rough cut of an upcoming documentary about the man, as well as meeting the filmmaker, Lily Keber. To say I'm excited about this project is a bit of an understatement.

Lily's site has some video previews that I think you'd enjoy.

Please take a look at:

And while you are there, get yourself an absolutely fabulous, James Booker t-shirt, straight from the heart of New Orleans.


Anonymous said...

Dear mr Nunziato

It is a delight to have you back and 'blogging' once more. This post on James Booker is precisely the reason why I visit: Informed comment, impeccable taste and above all, a love of quality. I knew nothing of Mr Booker before you kindly signposted his talents. Now I have a new direction to explore. Do please keep up the good work.

Best wishes

Albert said...

Couldn't say it any better than Anonymous did above if I tried...I will look at the preview shortly....thanks...prepped by a good listen of the exquisite Black Minute Waltz...

Kevin R said...

Son of (the truly awesome)Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together?
Looks like a winner.
I appreciate you posting stuff like this; I'd have never heard of Jim Dickinson (and his incredible Jungle Jim and the Voodoo Tiger)or Buddy Miller, to name two, not to mention stuff from bands that I know like The Hollies UK box.
Don't burn yourself out, we're here with you.

buzzbabyjesus said...

Wow. The trailer blew me away, and was going to watch it again when I found the 20 minute version (On the same vimeo channel.
Wow again. Your obsession is warranted. Thanks.

buzzbabyjesus said...

I'm listening to "Junco Partner" right now. What a touch he had!

Sal Nunziato said...

Listen to his version of "Angel Eyes" from the album "Classified."