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TITLE: Sound of Redemption - The Frank Morgan Story
Director: N.C. Heikin

Genre: Music documentary

Format: HD



Company: Green Garnet Productions/Bond 360

Runtime: 84' minutes.

ID: 355.




In 2012 a special concert in honour of sax player Frank Morgan was held at the San Quentin State Prison. A band led by Delfeayo Marsalis, trombone, was performing music by Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and McCoy Tyner for inmates and guests, all chosen from the many albums Frank Morgan recorded. Marsalis between numbers told the story of Frank Morgan´s life (1933 – 2007), who became a drug addict early on and was in and out of prison for the best part of his life. Even Rosalinde Kolb, an artist, who provided Morgan with a home and a feeling of belonging eventually divorced him, saying: “He was married to that addiction”. While serving a term at San Quentin he was allowed to form a 16 piece big band with other inmates which was so successful that people from the Bay area lined up every Saturday night to hear the San Quentin All Stars. Director N. C. Heikin uses the 2012 concert and close relatives including his mother, sax player Grace Kelly, Morgan´s father’s 8th wife and actress and friend Denise Flemming to shed more light on this extraordinary musician, while Frank Morgan himself, talking to camera, gives us an impression of his personality and plays the most riveting music.