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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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Lee Morgan ...
Helen Morgan ...
Herself (archive material)
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Larry Reni Thomas ...
Himself
Judith Johnson ...
Herself
Jymie Merritt ...
Bennie Maupin ...
Himself
Paul West ...
Himself
Billy Harper ...
Himself
Al Harrison ...
Himself
Albert Tootie Heath ...
Himself
Larry Ridley ...
Himself
Charli Persip ...
Himself
Lena Sherrod ...
Herself
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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$14,154, 24 March 2017, Limited Release

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$97,711, 21 April 2017
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Angela
composed by Jymie Merritt
performed by Lee Morgan
published by Jymie Merritt D/B/A/ Jasme Music
(P) 1971 Blue Note Records
under license from Universal Music AB
taken from "Soul!: #59 Blue Note Show" (1/26/72)
under license from WNET
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Interesting but slight
1 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Having never heard of Lee Morgan this was an interesting story, but the construction was very by- the-numbers. A standard talking head movie that relied on a tape made in the 90's that sadly didn't illuminate enough to really get a sense of the complete tale. Had this been made when more people involved were alive, it might have been stronger, but they made do with what they had and I can't fault them for that. An interesting TV documentary show episode and about at that level technically. Jazz fans check it out.


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