Music: Lifesaving Sounds

Jazzman Frank Morgan swings away from prison and drugs

It's a sort of benediction. Or perhaps just a simple acknowledgment. "I would first like to thank you, the listener, for saving my life," he says after the music's over. "And I would like you to accept these notes, these true feelings, in peace . . ."

Good thing that coda, which is titled Gratitude, comes at the end of Frank Morgan's album Mood Indigo. Hearing it first and taking it at face value, casual listeners might figure they were in for an overdose of New Age good vibes and reach for the off button. That would mean missing out on...

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