Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story

Directed by N.C. Heikin
84 Minutes
Music, Documentary
Music, Performing Arts, Black Studies, Prison Studies, Women Directors
DVD $150.00
Blu-ray $150.00
PPR $350.00
DRL $499.00
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By 15 years old, Frank Morgan was an accomplished saxophonist, playing with the likes of Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday. As his notoriety grew, so did a steady heroin addiction, landing him in and out of jail for over 30 years. With so much incarcerated musical talent, San Quentin in the 1950s held one of the leading 16 man jazz groups in the country. The Sound of Redemption offers a frank look into the ups and downs of Morgan's life and a reflective look at African-American culture in 1950s Los Angeles. Centered around a 2012 tribute to the man in San Quentin penitentiary, friends, musical mentors, ex-lovers, and family look on and reminisce about the happy-sad life of the great Frank Morgan. This documentary is recommended for College and University Music Departments.

  • Highest Rating
    "2015 has been a great year for music docs, with films about Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Kurt Cobain and the Wrecking Crew all scoring with audiences and critics. And here, at year's end, comes "Sound of Redemption" — as good as any."
    The Los Angeles Times
  • Highest Rating
    "It’s a fond and forgiving tribute to the man, filled with music that moves beyond happy and sad, and toward something like brilliance."
    The New York Times
  • Highest Rating
    " The late jazz great is honored with a terrific tribute concert and a respectful documentary."
    Joe Leydon, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "The film has a strong feel for the emotion behind Frank Morgan's acclaimed bebop."
    Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
  • Highest Rating
    " Heikin, unlike so many impatient directors, knows that in a doc about musicians, the music should breathe."
    Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice


Awards & Recognition

Official Selection
Los Angeles Film Festival
Official Selection
Palm Springs Int'l. Film Festival
Official Selection
Atlanta Film Festival