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by Jack Bowers
Alto saxophonist Frank Morgan and pianist George Cables, two seasoned pros at the top of their game, joined forces to map this superb concert performance at the 1989 Montreal Jazz Festival. Morgan--unchained at last from his debilitating heroin addiction and four years removed from prison--is a wellspring of creativity and passion, while Cables, eleven years Morgan's junior, matches him stride for stride and note for note, much to the delight of a hip and enthusiastic audience at the Theatre Port-Royal. ...read more
by Peter J. Hoetjes
Montreal Memories is a duet album recorded at Theatre Port Royal on July 1, 1989, featuring two of the most talented jazz artists of any generation: alto saxophonist Frank Morgan; and pianist George Cables. This is the second duet album they've released, the first being Contemporary's Double Image in 1987. A jazz duet is a format which invites intimacy and profundity, more than the typical quartet or quintet setup. Two musicians must really know each other, to be ...read more
by Chuck Koton
Frank Morgan Memorial Celebration The Jazz Bakery Los Angeles (Culver City), CA January 5, 2008 2:00-5:30 P.M.
A memorial celebration is always a bittersweet affair. There is an inescapable sadness over the passing of a friend, but there is also joy in remembering the spirit of the departed who will remain forever in our hearts. On Saturday, January 5th at the Jazz Bakery in Culver City, the great altoist Frank Morgan was ...read more
by John Barron
Frank Morgan is unquestionably a name synonymous with bebop. Since his well publicized re-emergence on the jazz scene in 1985, the veteran alto saxophonist has kept the flames of a bygone era burning through extensive recordings and performances. A Night in the Life: Live at the Jazz Standard, Volume 3 documents one of the last great bop trailblazers in a comfortable club setting playing a familiar set of straight-ahead chestnuts with a veteran group of all star sidemen. This third ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
Frank Morgan's 2003 engagement at New York's Jazz Standard has been a fruitful performance for the 73-year-old alto saxophonist, yielding City Nights: Live at the Jazz Standard, Volume 1, Raising the Standard: Live at the Jazz Standard, Volume 2 and now Night in the Life: Live at the Jazz Standard, Volume 3.
The jazz recorded on these three discs is bebop from the source. It is no mistake that Morgan is well versed in Charlie Parker's Ornithology, having studied the ...read more
by Terrell Kent Holmes
Frank Morgan A Night in the Life: Live at the Jazz Standard, Volume 3 HighNote 2007 Frank Morgan Reflections HighNote 2007
The irrepressible alto sax man Frank Morgan just keeps a cookin' and a cookin'. He's still vibrantly recording and gigging into his 70s and has lost nary a step, as ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
Alto saxophonists Frank Morgan and the late Art Pepper have much in common outside their chosen instrument. Both were active on the West Coast during the rage of Charlie Parker and bebop. Both possessed a beautifully spearmint-dry ice tone in their early careers and both were unsurpassed as ballad interpreters. Both musicians recorded for Contemporary Records, often with the same sidemen. Both were heroin addicts who interrupted their respective careers for decades with incarceration before making successful comebacks. Pepper's began ...read more