Published since 1997
Longtime contributor to AAJ and Downbeat, Jazz Review, EjazzNews, Radio DirectX.
Morris works the inside with blazing single note lines on '"Two Busses And A Long Walk"' as this piece commences with a somewhat subdued or loose vibe yet evolves climactically as Maneri follows suit with gritty, fierce improv via wistful statements. On the final track, 'Manipulatives' the Quartet rekindle some of the fire and heated exchanges witnessed on previous outings.
In some respects, Underthru is a bit lighter or perhaps less penetrating than previous 'Quartet' outings yet offers another glimpse of a notoriously 'cutting edge' band who seem capable of pursuing just about any avenue imaginable. There's a little for everyone here while Joe Morris and co. not only journey to the outer limits of modern jazz but also uncover new and fertile territory along the way. Recommended........* * * *
Personnel: Joe Morris; Guitar: Mat Maneri; Violin, Baritone Violin: Chris Lightcap; Bass: Gerald Cleaver; Drums
Record Label: OmniTone
Style: Modern Jazz
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