Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story | Chicago Reader
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Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story

How many chances should a guy get? If he can play jazz saxophone like Frank Morgan did, as many as he needs. 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. Morgan was praised for his talent from an early age, but a troubled family history left him plagued by self-doubt and heavily addicted to heroin. Burglary, check-kiting, and drug possession landed him behind bars, but his remarkable playing never stopped. The many interviews with family, friends, and lovers suggest that Morgan elicited goodwill no matter how many times he fell—and that's a talent in itself.


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