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As established during NYFF last year, I can’t say enough nice things about Kasper Collin’s I Called Him Morgan, which concerns the short life (and tragic death) of the brilliant jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan. I was already a fan of Collin’s My Name Is Albert Ayler (made nearly a decade ago), but nevertheless entered Morgan convinced the fundamentally conservative music-doc format could go nowhere new. To my surprise, Morgan has all the verve of an...
I Called Him Morgan plays October 2 and 3 as part of the spotlight on documentary within the 54th New York Film Festival. The film is currently without distribution. Follow our coverage of NYFF 2016 here. Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin’s I Called Him Morgan is a work of supremely elegant journalism, a reverse-engineered dig into one of jazz music’s many misapprehended life stories. Collin opens with an unmistakable “get”: an interview with one Larry Reni...

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