Bayou Maharajah
Bayou Maharajah (2013)

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

A sympathetic portrait of a genuinely idiosyncratic, outrageous individual.

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Michael Bonner
Uncut Magazine [UK]

[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.

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Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist

...despite the title of the doc, which conjures up a madcap, heartbreaking tale, the film is a mostly workmanlike biopic that unfortunately can never match the energy of the subject it's trying to capture

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Kevin Warwick
Chicago Reader

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.

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Wendy Ide
Observer (UK)

Bayou Maharajah is worth watching for the performance footage alone.

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Mike McCahill

Overall, though, Keber's film feels like an honourable attempt to tidy up after and make order of its subject's spiralling chaos.

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Peter Bradshaw

[A] richly enjoyable documentary tribute.

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