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  • Summary: Houston's legendary Kashmere Stage Band reunites in this funky, soulful, award-winning film. In an amazing testament to the power of music and teachers, the group comes back together after more than 30 years to pay tribute to their band-leader and mentor in what is sure to be one of the most beloved, and rump-shaking, docs of the year. (Roadside Attractions) Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 22, 2011
    100
    By introducing funky licks, fancy footwork and many of his own compositions to the band's stodgy set list of jazz standards, this indomitable leader (whose declining health adds a poignant twang to the film's final scenes) instilled racial pride alongside musical competency.
  2. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Sep 29, 2011
    89
    Music has rarely appeared more essential to the human drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Sep 28, 2011
    83
    Everything here is pitched relentlessly toward uplift, but at least that uplift is genuine, the product of one visionary's indomitable will and a musical universe he brought into existence through vision, dedication, and plenty of stubborn hard work.
  4. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Sep 17, 2011
    80
    A greater argument for music education in our secondary school curriculum can't be made than Mark Landsman's doc about a Texas high school funk band that tore up the music scene from 1968 to 1977.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Sep 17, 2011
    80
    Mark Landsman's spirited Thunder Soul offers a heaping helping of uplift while documenting the past triumphs and recent reunion of a predominantly black Houston high school's singularly accomplished jazz stage band.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Sep 24, 2011
    75
    One serious omission in the film - identifying what these seemingly prosperous alumni of the band do for a living and did with their lives.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Sep 20, 2011
    60
    Amid its celebrations of black power, ambitious Afros and fly female trombonists, the film serves as a rousing testament to the singular blessings of music education, since there's nothing inherent or automatic about kids learning how to groove.

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