James Morrison is one of our best known jazz musicians who can play almost anything he tries : trumpet of course, but most other brass instruments, piano, bass…the list goes on.
He’s also a great ambassador for Australian jazz around the world having played with many of the greats including Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie and many more.
This is a personal perspective on the life and music of jazz multi-instrumentalist James Morrison. We encounter his family, friends and musical colleagues, who shed light on the man and his music.
Review: “James Morrison is the hottest jazz musician from Australia to emerge onto the international scene. A superbly talented multi-instrumentalist, he has no peers on jazz trumpet, trombone or euphonium and his U.S. debut, at the Village Vanguard in New York, prompted veteran jazz writer Leonard Feather to rate him as “a sure bet for jazz superstardom.”
This film taps into Morrison’s dynamic energy and boundless creativity and features him in concert in Australia, with his mentor Don Burrows; at the Montreux Jazz festival; and in a creative improvisation session with the Australian artist Ken Done.
Done develops a canvas in response to Morrison’s performance and Morrison, in turn, responds to the painter at work. Colleagues and jazz peers, such as Dizzy Gillespie, discuss his unique blend of technique, confidence and charisma.
In spite of so much international acclaim, Morrison remains firmly based in Australia and pays tribute to his family and the church as providing the underlying soul and gospel feel to his high energy jazz.
The highlight of the program is footage of Morrison rehearsing and performing with the World Superband, in New York.” Kulturvideo.com