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SAL MOSCA: UN-SUNG is the ONLINE 2 ONSCREEN 2008 BEST DOCUMENTARY winner. This is the first and only film of Mosca. Even at age eighty, Mosca's fingers glide effortlessly over the keys, displaying a freedom in music which is rare. His ambition to "get into himself" rather than go after capitalistic gains
A short film by James Lester - look around a little further and you'll find a short about Robert Plant and his last album.
Mosca, who passed away last year, often shunned the spotlight and declined offers of road gigs, preferring life as a family man and his studies with jazz great Lennie Tristano. It is clear his mentor loomed large in Mosca’s life, as we see his framed photo occupying a place of honor in the pianist’s music room. We can also see and hear Mosca’s skills remained undiminished, when Lester lovingly focuses on close-ups of Mosca’s hands in performance. Though short by design, Lester shoehorns in a fair amount of context and interview segments, giving audiences a reasonable sense of Mosca’s career. The story of his bandstand encounter with Bird and Miles alone should be enough to fortify Mosca’s street cred.
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