I Called Him Morgan

I Called Him Morgan

DVD - 2017
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In February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This feature documentary by filmmaker Kasper Collin is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together.

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Byond
Sep 21, 2018

Kasper Collin is credited as producer of an earlier effort entitled 'My Name is Albert Ayler', which I would like to see but thus far cannot locate. The crime of passion is kind of gently laid in to the music which if anything sounds more wonderful today then it did then. I don't think it quite does justice to Lee to call him gifted or talented. Even brilliant might fall short. Of course all the music here is fabulous; no flubs or so so sessions. It's a wonder that so much light comes out of plenteous darkness; we hear of the lotus flowering out of the mud.

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anacondalily
Feb 15, 2018

What a sad and beautiful film. If you like jazz, this documentary contains clips from some of the most well regarded concerts of the 1950s and 1960s. Who knew that from the time he was 16, Lee Morgan played on some of the most well known jazz tunes that came out of that era. This films has vintage photos of him clowning around and playing with the masters.

We also get to see an intimate portrait of both Lee Morgan and Helen Morgan. There can be no doubt that she was a strong independent woman who made a way for herself in a time when such a task was quite difficult for a Black woman. We learn of a woman who was nurturing by nature. She helped to rebuild Morgan's career when heroin had left it and him in shambles. Through their friends -- fellow musicians -- we get to hear about their mutual devotion. And through Helen Morgan's own words, we learn about the events that lead to that tragic night.

This is a film that every jazz fan, music fan, or documentary fan should see!

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choloharvey
Feb 04, 2018

Great telling of a tragic story.
A jazz great gone too soon. Plenty of good music in the film. Not much sympathy for the killer, no matter how tragic of a character she is portrayed as.

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