Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story (2015)


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The documentary ftells the story of Frank Morgan's life and transformation through interviews with fellow musicians and people who were close to him. These are intercut with footage of Frank, and tracks of his very emotional music. Holding the story together is footage of the preparation and performance of a tribute concert in a prison. The years Frank spent in San Quentin were significant because there were so many great musicians "in residence" there that the far-sighted warden of the time allowed them to form a big band, known as The San Quentin All Stars. People came from all around the Bay Area to hear them play.

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Critic Reviews for Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Aug 11, 2016 | Full Review…

The late jazz great is honored with a terrific tribute concert and a respectful documentary.

Dec 18, 2015 | Full Review…
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Collectively, the mixed approaches illuminate a complicated man, at once spiritual and temperamental.

Dec 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Despite a surfeit of talking-head commentary, the film has a strong feel for the emotion behind Frank Morgan's acclaimed bebop.

Dec 14, 2015 | Full Review…

It's a fond and forgiving tribute to the man, filled with music that moves beyond happy and sad, and toward something like brilliance.

Dec 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Heikin, unlike so many impatient directors, knows that in a doc about musicians, the music should breathe.

Dec 1, 2015 | Full Review…

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