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Frank Morgan & George Cables: Montreal Memories

Read "Montreal Memories" reviewed 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. ...

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Frank Morgan and George Cables: Montreal Memories

Read "Montreal Memories" reviewed by Peter 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 ...

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Remembering Frank Morgan: Tears, Laughter and Music in Culver City

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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 ...

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Frank Morgan: A Night in the Life: Live at the Jazz Standard, Vol. 3

Read "A Night in the Life: Live at the Jazz Standard, Vol. 3" reviewed 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 ...

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Frank Morgan: Night in the Life: Live at the Jazz Standard, Volume 3

Read "Night in the Life: Live at the Jazz Standard, Volume 3" reviewed 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 ...

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Frank Morgan: A Night in the Life & Reflections

Read "Frank Morgan: A Night in the Life & Reflections" reviewed 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 ...

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Frank Morgan: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed 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 ...

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Frank Morgan: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Alto saxophonist Frank Morgan remains one of the coolest bebop players and an inspiration to all. The legend of his losing three decades of his musical career to drug abuse and incarceration, followed by a significant rebirth in 1985, has already been retold too many times. Morgan's post-'85 albums remain a study in lyricism, swing and, in a word, the very best of the lifelong lessions imparted by his mentor, Charlie Parker. Unfortunately, Parker's influence upon the then-teenage Morgan was ...

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Frank Morgan: Raising the Standard: Live at the Jazz Standard, Vol. 2

Read "Raising the Standard: Live at the Jazz Standard, Vol. 2" reviewed by Joel Roberts

Frank Morgan was almost one of the cautionary tales of jazz history; instead, he's become one of its most remarkable survivor stories. A promising Los Angeles alto saxophonist in the '50s, he disappeared from the scene for thirty years as he battled a heroin addiction and served a series of jail terms. Morgan conquered his habit and returned to recording in 1985, turning out a stream of consistently excellent albums in the Charlie Parker-inspired bebop style he'd begun exploring three ...

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Frank Morgan: Raising the Standard: Live at the Jazz Standard, Vol. 2

Read "Raising the Standard: Live at the Jazz Standard, Vol. 2" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Raising the Standard, Frank Morgan's second album for HighNote, is a followup to last year's widely acclaimed City Nights, recorded, like that release, before an audience at the Jazz Standard nightclub in New York City. The lineup remains the same, with Morgan accompanied by a superlative rhythm section comprised of pianist George Cables, bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Billy Hart.

Morgan, who was out of circulation for three decades owing to drug addiction and imprisonment for same before making a ...

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Frank Morgan: City Nights

Read "City Nights" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Jazz careers are predictably unpredictable. Some musicians shine young, some are late bloomers, and others maintain a steady flame for decades. Then there's that intriguing handful who come back after years of obscurity; contemporary examples include Henry Grimes, Sonny Simmons, and alto saxophonist Frank Morgan. Born in 1930, Morgan was fortunate to be part of the legendary 1940s Central Avenue scene in Los Angeles. In his early years, Morgan played with Bird, Miles, and West Coast mainstays such as Wardell ...

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Frank Morgan

Read "Frank Morgan" reviewed by Brandt Reiter

A young acolyte of Charlie Parker, the Minneapolis-born alto saxophonist Frank Morgan saw his first leader's disc, the eponymous Frank Morgan (GNP), released in 1955; three decades would pass until he cut his second. Much of the time in between--20 years, by his own estimation--was spent in prison, on various drug-related charges (unfortunately Morgan had absorbed not only Bird's musical language but his heroin-fueled lifestyle as well). Last paroled in 1985, Morgan returned to the scene with that year's acclaimed ...


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