Content rating: PG-14
Milford Graves Full Mantis is a feature-length portrait of renowned percussionist Milford Graves (August 20, 1941 – February 12, 2021), exploring his kaleidoscopic creativity and relentless curiosity. Graves has performed internationally since 1964, both as a soloist and in ensembles with such legends as Albert Ayler, Giuseppi Logan and Sonny Sharrock. He is a founding pioneer of avant-garde jazz, and remains one of the most influential living figures in the evolution of the form, as demonstrated in this film, which reflects on the essence of swing and presents experimentations such as the ones performed with electronic stethoscopes in his basement lab to process the sound of his heart.
(Dir.: Jake Meginsky, Neil Young, USA, 2018, 92 min, documentary)