Sunday, December 23, 2007

Frank Morgan RIP

...it bugs me when people try to analyze jazz as an intellectual theorem. It's not. It's a feeling.
Bill Evans, (1929-1980) jazz pianist

I discovered the jazz of Frank Morgan at sometime in the 1980s and finally saw him live a year or two ago with On The Mark. The show at Catalina's Bar and Grill was good, but Morgan was old and tired, so it didn't match up to my expectations. I attempted to find a video to post here today, but there were none. If you like jazz you'll love Frank Morgan who captured the spirit and style of Charlie "Bird" Parker.

2 comments:

teresa said...

I sheepishly admit that among the 10 gigs of jazz on my iPod, I have not a single track featuring Frank Morgan. Must remedy. Care to recommend a starting disc?

The Misanthrope said...

Hi Teresa, I only have two of his CDs Listen to the Dawn and Mood Indigo. I like Mood Indigo best of the two and there is nothing wrong with Listen to the Dawn either.

Let me know if you pick up anything of his; I'd be interested in your thoughts.