VIFF 2016: I Called Him Morgan


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      One of the best, most substantial and atmospheric jazz docs ever recalls trumpeter Lee Morgan in his New York City heyday.

      But the Blue Note star’s rise and fall is largely seen through the eyes of his common-law wife Helen, who shot and killed him in 1972 in front of shocked fans and friends at a Lower East Side dive called Slug’s. We only know her side because a perspicacious educator named Larry Reni Thomas tape-recorded her late-in-life ruminations, giving a compelling shape to this multilayered tale of poverty, drug addiction, codependency, and creative foment. Labelmate Wayne Shorter is among the survivors testifying to the trumpet great’s almost-all-there genius.


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