Following My Name Is Albert Ayler, Kasper Collin has directed a new film about the death of trumpeter Lee Morgan.
Director Kasper Collin has followed up his acclaimed documentary My Name Is Albert Ayler with a film about the death of trumpeter Lee Morgan. I Called Him Morgan examines the shooting of the former Blue Note prodigy at Slug’s, New York – by his partner, Helen Morgan. “Helen is as much the woman who saved him as the woman who killed him,” comments Collin. “To me this is a tribute to them both and to the incredible music that brought them together.”
Morgan had a jukebox hit with his 1964 hard bop classic “The Sidewinder”, making him one of Blue Note’s star artists. He also featured as sideman on dates with the label’s most advanced players such as Joe Henderson, Jackie McLean and Wayne Shorter. The film will be screened as part of the BFI London Film Festival this month.