The first album I ever heard by Frank Morgan — the alto saxophonist, rehabilitated junkie and epochal comeback kid — was Mood Indigo, released in 1989 on Antilles. A serenely hushed affair, it features two takes of "Lullaby," the plainspoken ballad by pianist George Cables. As it happens, Michael Connelly, the best-selling mystery novelist, claims "Lullaby" as a theme song for his chief protagonist, Los Angeles police detective Harry Bosch. This interdisciplinary homage, implicit in all of the Bosch novels and stated outright in more than one of them, must be one of the more steadfast and prominent of its kind. (Can you think of another one?)
Pick up a copy of today's paper and you'll find my piece about the Connelly-Morgan connection, occasioned by the news of a forthcoming documentary film, Sound of Redemption.