Preface Strength is Happiness. Strength is itself victory.In weakness and cowardice there is no happiness.When you wage a struggle, you might win or you might lose.But regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of yourcontinuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being. ~ Daisaku Ikeda At some point in life everyone will encounter events requiring struggle. That struggle could be physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, or some combination thereof. But despite the nature of the struggle, and ...read more
Perception is reality. But perception is an unfortunate consequence of opinion and rarely is opinion validated by substance. And perception of Joe Maneri corresponds with his lamentable mainstream obscurity. However, Maneri's obscurity is not his failure, but our own.
All About Jazz: Let's start from the beginning.
Joe Maneri: Music was the only thing that was interesting to me. But I suppose it was because my mother played opera on the radio everyday and I was attracted to it. And when I was about eleven and started on the clarinet, I knew right away, it was something special. I was ...read more
For decades, the Boston-based musician Joe Maneri has pursued his singular vision of a freely improvised music based on extensive use of microtones. He often includes his son Mat in his projects. On Angles Of Repose , the Maneris are joined by the prodigiously gifted bassist Barre Phillips in a program of ten free improvisations.
These performances unfold gradually, often with one of the musicians playing a phrase, and the others reacting with variations on the opening phrase. The elder Maneri's instrument seems to emerge as a lead voice, with the strings entwining beneath him. Phillips plays many lines that ...read more
Even the most organic music, in the hands of certain players, can take on a completely other-worldly tinge, somehow managing to feel both rooted in reality yet evocative of alien vistas. Reedman Joe Maneri has been exercising that neck of the woods over a fifty-year career that has seen him emerge as one of the progenitors of modern creative music. Where creative music differs from free jazz is that while improvisation is equally paramount, there is nothing to tie it, in any way shape or form, to the jazz tradition. There is rarely a traditional instrumental line-up; and it most ...read more
No one gloms the spotlight on Voices Lowered, as the musicians' draw upon a spontaneous group related effort consisting of three-way conversations, micro-themes and abstract lyricism. With works such as Dirty Daisies , the band conveys a circular flow, accentuated by Joe Maneri's brawny tenor sax lines in conjunction with Joe Morris' intricately executed single note passages and Steven Lantner's sweeping chord progressions and rhythmic underpinnings. The trio also pursues succinctly developed statements amid a perceivable domino-type effect, as they trade notions and regenerate motifs along with subtle dynamics and variable patterns. Basically, this improvising troupe conjures up meticulously crafted ...read more
Tales Of Rohnlief represents woodwind specialist Joe Maneri’s fourth recording for the ECM label. Along with his son, violinist and respected solo artist Mat Maneri and the venerable bassist Barre Phillips, the musicians once again pursue microtonal passages and highly conversational interplay while also utilizing space and undulating sequences or implied meter to their advantage.
Electric violinist Mat Maneri’s brief jagged lines and Barre Phillips arco-bass and deft picking provides good contrast on the piece titled, “Rohnlief” and throughout the entire recording. Here, Joe Maneri’s somewhat boisterous tenor work aims to push and prod his bandmates while the musicians also ...read more
Joe Maneri is a real original. A professor at the New England Conservatory of Music, he has developed a microtonal system involving a 72-note scale, but he is by no means merely a theoretician; on this disc he brings theory to thrilling life in a quartet with his son Mat, who plays a 6-string electric violin, bassist Ed Schuller, and drummer Randy Peterson.
Joe Maneri himself plays alto and tenor saxophones and clarinet. Occasionally on all three horns (even on clarinet on Swing" for just a moment) he moves toward multiphonics, but this is not a primary feature of his ...read more
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