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Joe Morris / Petr Cancura / Luther Gray: Wildlife

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Widely revered in avant-garde music circles for his innovative approach to the electric guitar, Joe Morris' decision to take up the contrabass in 2002 was initially met with apprehension from certain corners of the new music community. Fears that the singular guitarist might disavow his primary axe have been dispelled, replaced by a burgeoning parallel discography charting Morris' remarkable growth as a bassist.

Wildlife is the most recent document of Morris' increasingly impressive bass prowess and his first release for AUM Fidelity since 2001's solo guitar recording Singularity. For this freewheeling trio session, Morris partners with Luther Gray, ...

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Jim Hobbs / Joe Morris / Luther Gray: The Story Of Mankind

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There are numerous precedents for alto sax-bass-drums trios, and it's to the credit of this one that they manage to stake out their own territory in a well-populated area. Whilst the music they make is rooted in free bop territory they also have no qualms about covering more rarefied ground and the results are by turns compelling and individual.

Their collective cause is served in no small part by the eloquence of alto saxophonist Jim Hobbs.. Whilst he has something of Jemeel Moondoc's rhythmic flexibility, the tartness of his sound is entirely his own, particularly in the horn's middle and ...

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Geoff Farina / Luther Gray / Nate McBride: Out Trios, Volume 4: Almanac

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There's a tremendous amount of ambivalence about the Atavistic label--all at once a paragon of progressivism, championing a rich legacy of forward-thinking free music, and among the foremost agents in the historicizing of free jazz. The atavism here suggests much more than an earlier, more primal passion; there is, more crucially, the sting of old processes at work, embalming the new and unfamiliar.

It's particularly heartening, then, when an album like Almanac rears its head. The Out Trios series, meant to team up improvisers of different backgrounds in unusual, often unlikely contexts, has been a mixed success; it's a sink ...

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Geoff Farina / Luther Gray / Nate McBride: Out Trios Volume Four: Almanac

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Guitarist Geoff Farina, founder of the seminal 1990s indie rock band Karate, has been slowly but surely woodshedding his collegiate jazz chops. Karate was a far more progressive, improvisational ensemble than its fellow emo brethren, and Farina's augmented jazz chording foreshadowed greater things to come. His simultaneous stint in the folksy Secret Stars provided him with an opportunity to stretch dynamically in an acoustic setting. These two sound worlds have yielded a far different crop of music than his early admirers could have foreseen.

Fast forward ten years and Farina now travels in the company of some of ...



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