Influential improvising guitarist Joe Morris ignites luminous imagery that casts a musically minded paradigm on how the diffraction of light may traverse a camera lens. However, individual interpretations can yield other enticing persuasions on Camera, engineered upon the grouping of stringed instruments and drums.
"Street Scene" exemplifies Morris' clever articulations via fluttering storylines, largely executed at a brisk pace. Drummer Luther Gray lays out a peppery backbone for the soloists' dissecting call-and-response patterns, where subliminal nods to blues, modern jazz, and avant chamber fuse into a jovial, yet somewhat unlikely medium.
Morris blazes a furious single-note path within the grand schematic amid split-tones and animated runs, where every progression offers an integral part to the continually moving parts. The guitarist also operates as a bonding agent via the gradually ascending developments. Morris extends his already expansive musicality and prominently delivers the goods throughout the intriguing propositions set forth on Camera.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.