Kasper Collin’s spellbinding documentary reveals the tender and tragic tale of hard bop trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen.
Part jazz history, part true-crime tale, Kasper Collin’s new documentary employs extensive archival footage and new interviews to tell the tragic story of the magnificently talented trumpeter Lee Morgan and his wife Helen, who murdered him in a New York bar in 1972.
Hailed by some as the most talented trumpeter of his generation, Lee Morgan was playing with Art Blakey and Dizzy Gillespie while still in his teens. Kasper Collin’s new documentary traces the lives of Lee and Helen from their very different roots to the events of that cold winter’s night. ‘I Called Him Morgan’ is a beautifully constructed double portrait of individuals transformed by art, love, and overpowering impulses.
This isn’t Collin’s first time preventing a jazz narrative from slipping into obscurity. He previously directed My Name is Albert Ayler, about the innovative saxophonist whose life was also cut short in New York City. Now, following up with I Called Him Morgan, Collin proves himself a vital contributor to music history.