An exploration of the relationship between jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen, who was implicated in his murder in 1972.


Kasper Collin


Kasper Collin, Jesper Osmund (narrative consultant)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Morgan Lee Morgan ... Self (archive material)
Helen Morgan Helen Morgan ... Self (archive material)
Wayne Shorter ... Self
Larry Reni Thomas Larry Reni Thomas ... Self
Judith Johnson Judith Johnson ... Self
Jymie Merritt Jymie Merritt ... Self
Bennie Maupin Bennie Maupin ... Self
Paul West Paul West ... Self
Billy Harper Billy Harper ... Self
Al Harrison Al Harrison ... Self
Albert Tootie Heath Albert Tootie Heath ... Self
Larry Ridley Larry Ridley ... Self
Charli Persip Charli Persip ... Self
Lena Sherrod Lena Sherrod ... Self
Ron St. Clair Ron St. Clair ... Self


On a snowy night 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 Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. A film about love, jazz and America.

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Warm-Up/Dialogue with Rudy Van Gelder
performed by Lee Morgan & Rudy Van Gelder
(P) 1999 Blue Note Records
under license from Universal Music AB
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Jesus H. Christ...
5 January 2018 | by bartleby56See all my reviews

The two negative reviews here are based on the individual reviewers' ignorance of jazz music in general, and the life and music of Lee Morgan in particular. I found this film arresting and completely engaging, even if the pace is incremental. In my view, this is an excellent documentary of the life and TIMES of this great musician. For someone who is not really interested in jazz music of the fifties and sixties, this might seem interminably slow and pointless, but for people who love this period of music history it is told with reverence, love and care.

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Sweden | USA



Release Date:

24 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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I Called Him Morgan See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$12,902, 26 March 2017

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1.85 : 1
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