Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story
2015, N.C. Heikin, USA, 84 min.
- Wed, Aug 17th 6:00pm
"A fond and forgiving tribute to the man, filled with music that moves beyond happy and sad, and toward something like brilliance." — Ken Jaworowski, The New York Times
"Spotlights the sublime beauty of Morgan's art without flinching from darker narratives." — Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
For a good portion of the 1960s and 1970s, the man often described as “the greatest living alto sax player” could be heard only if you journeyed to San Quentin to attend one of the legendary concerts by the prison’s all-star jazz band. Prodigiously talented Frank Morgan (who died in 2007) was inspired by the great Charlie Parker, but that inspiration included emulating Parker’s heroin habit, which led to a criminal career ranging from burglary to bank robbery. This candid, moving documentary covers the highs and lows of Morgan’s life (including a remarkable late-life comeback), framed by a tribute concert performed at San Quentin by such admirers as Delfeayo Marsalis, Ron Carter, and Morgan protégé Grace Kelly, whose soaring, heartbreaking rendition of “Over the Rainbow” captures the mixture of triumph and regret that marked a difficult life. (MR)
AUGUST 17: Chicago radio host and music critic Richard Steele will be presented with the Gene Siskel Film Center Legacy Award at this screening.