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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

A mythical account of the life of Buddy Bolden, the first Cornet King of New Orleans.

Cast

  • Gary Carr
  • Erik LaRay Harvey
  • Ian McShane
  • Michael Rooker
  • Yaya DaCosta
  • Reno Wilson
  • Robert Ri'chard
  • Karimah Westbrook
  • JoNell Kennedy
  • Kearia Schroeder

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Bolden's cornet solos were performed by multiple Grammy winner, Wynton Marsalis.
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Goofs

  • "Louisana State Asylum 1931" at the beginning of the movie is is spelled wrong.

Quotes

    • Buddy Bolden: I play the church music better.
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Magnificent in all ways.

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Metacritic

60
May 7, 2019

Since the lead character is effectively a mystery man, some lack of grounding is appropriate. Unfortunately, the impressionism — the improvisation, you might say, of this particular life (mirroring, one supposes, Bolden's approach to music) — is so dominant that it finally proves a crutch.

Metacritic review by Keith Uhlich
Keith Uhlich
The Hollywood Reporter
63
May 3, 2019

The result is sometimes dizzying, enchanting or confounding, but it is certainly never boring.

Metacritic review by Monica Castillo
Monica Castillo
RogerEbert.com
38
May 3, 2019

Most filmgoers will come away only mildly convinced of Bolden’s place as jazz’s inventor and even less sure that the movie they just saw spun a coherent or compelling narrative.

Oliver Jones
Observer