I Called Him Morgan


***** … the greatest jazz documentary since Let’s Get Lost, it’s a documentary-as-jazz. Spellbinding, mercurial, hallucinatory, exuberant, tragic.” –Guardian

As a teenager, the prodigiously talented Lee Morgan playing with the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He was a featured artist on John Coltrane’s legendary Blue Train, and he record 25 albums for Blue Note Records. But Morgan was haunted by addiction, and on a snowy night in February 1972 he was shot dead by his common-law wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The memory of the event still haunts their friends and the entire jazz community. Kasper Collin’s remarkable expose-poem—a compassionate murder mystery—offers a love letter to two unforgettable personalities, the music that brought them together, and the shared pain that led to tragedy. (Sweden, 2016, 90m, FilmRise)

Starts April 7