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'I Called Him Morgan': Tragic tale of a jazz musician murdered in his prime

Mar 30, 2017 - Washington Post Blogs

Just as Lee Morgan seemed poised to break the cycle of drug addiction that had plagued him for years, the 33-year-old jazz trumpeter died in 1972, the victim not of an overdose, as so many similar stories have ended, but a bullet. The documentary "I Called Him Morgan," which charts his brief life and career, offers classic tunes and a vivid history of the New York jazz scene, while never quite managing to sell the drama inherent to its tale.

Morgan's musical career, which included a stint

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