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Framed by a memorial concert at San Quentin, where the noted bebop player was incarcerated for many years, this 2014 documentary by N.C. Heikin lays bare the contradictions of his creative life.
The late jazz great is honored with a terrific tribute concert and a respectful documentary.
Collectively, the mixed approaches illuminate a complicated man, at once spiritual and temperamental.
Despite a surfeit of talking-head commentary, the film has a strong feel for the emotion behind Frank Morgan's acclaimed bebop.
It's a fond and forgiving tribute to the man, filled with music that moves beyond happy and sad, and toward something like brilliance.
Heikin, unlike so many impatient directors, knows that in a doc about musicians, the music should breathe.
If you're into jazz, give it a look.
Strong evocation of the lesser-known bebop jazz scene in segregated L.A., and within San Quentin Prison and emphasis on his prodigious musical talent, make this film cool.
[A] bittersweet ode to a phoenix who kept singeing his own wings.
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