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I Called Him Morgan (2016)

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

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Kasper Collin

Writers:

Kasper Collin, Jesper Osmund (narrative consultant)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Morgan Lee Morgan ... Himself (archive material)
Helen Morgan Helen Morgan ... Herself (archive material)
Wayne Shorter ... Himself
Larry Reni Thomas Larry Reni Thomas ... Himself
Judith Johnson Judith Johnson ... Herself
Jymie Merritt Jymie Merritt ... Himself
Bennie Maupin Bennie Maupin ... Himself
Paul West Paul West ... Himself
Billy Harper Billy Harper ... Himself
Al Harrison Al Harrison ... Himself
Albert Tootie Heath Albert Tootie Heath ... Himself
Larry Ridley Larry Ridley ... Himself
Charli Persip Charli Persip ... Himself
Lena Sherrod Lena Sherrod ... Herself
Ron St. Clair Ron St. Clair ... Himself
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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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Sweden | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Jazz Musician See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,154, 24 March 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$97,711, 21 April 2017
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Color (Black & White and Color)

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1.85 : 1
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Soundtracks

Helen's Ritual
written & performed by Lee Morgan
published by BMG Platinum Songs, a BMG Company and EMI UNART Catalog Inc.
courtesy of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Scandinavia
(P) 1968 Blue Note Records
under license from Universal Music AB
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A charming documentary
19 February 2018 | by proud_ludditeSee all my reviews

The focus of this documentary is renowned American jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan (1938 - 1972) as well as his common-law wife Helen More who restored and saved Lee's life during a time of serious drug addiction only to end it later on.

The movie's directing style, by Kasper Collin, reflects the beauty and mood of the jazz music it portrays. A very clever bonus is the use of coloured footage of people walking about the streets of New York in the 50s, 60s, and early 70s. This helps greatly in recalling moods and styles of eras that are long gone.

The main narration of this film is an audio recording of More in 1996. While it is mostly insightful, it is occasionally difficult to understand as More had an unusual accent that is not always easy to comprehend. Collin ought to have used subtitles during these segments.

With many magnificent still photos, TV footage, and interviews with Morgan's past bend members, it was unfortunate that only a brief audio recording of Morgan could be found as evidence of the man himself offstage. But the music - highlighted by Morgan's brilliant artistry as a trumpet player - more than makes up for this gap.


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