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Dave Morgan: Blue Is More Than a Color

Read "Blue Is More Than a Color" reviewed by Mark Corroto

With the modern availability of inexpensive recording technology, seemingly anyone can turn out a jazz release. It is, accordingly, a pleasure when a release comes about marked by superior craftsmanship. Blue Is More Than A Color, a jazz orchestra disc, is a fine example of not only excellent sound (not an easy task with 26 pieces) but smart compositions, skillful arrangements and impressive soloing. The recording is the brainchild of composer and bassist Dave Morgan, a mainstay of the north-east ...

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Dave Morgan: Blue Is More Than a Color

Read "Blue Is More Than a Color" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If nothing else, bassist-composer Dave Morgan's album, Blue Is More Than a Color, affirms that big-band jazz is alive and well in the Akron, Ohio, area. Perhaps more than coincidentally, Morgan's large and well-drilled ensemble plies its trade on a regular basis at Akron's Blu Jazz Club whose patrons may presumably hear previews of the seven original compositions by Morgan that comprise the sum total of a colorful and provocative studio session. Morgan's compositions are resourceful and ...

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Dave Morgan & Friends: Kirtland, OH, February 24, 2012

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Dave Morgan & Friends40th Annual Lakeland Jazz FestivalKirtland, OHFebruary 24, 2012On the opening night of the 40th Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival, bassist Dave Morgan gathered a host of friends and treated Northeast Ohioans to a rare performance of his The Way of the Sly Man (Being Time, 2010). The piece, based on the ideas of 20th-century spiritualist G. I. Gurdjieff--mixing jazz with Middle Eastern, Indian and African music plus Gurdjieff's own musical ideas--hadn't been performed ...

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Dave Morgan: The Way of the Sly Man

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Dave MorganThe Way of the Sly Man Being There2010 The teachings of 20th century mystic G. I. Gurdjieff have appealed to their share of artists, pianist Keith Jarrett, guitarist Robert Fripp and singer Kate Bush being among the more famous musicians to fall under Gurdjieff's spell. Jarrett, in fact, went so far as to record an album of Gurdjieff's solo piano music--G.I. Gurdjieff Sacred Hymns (ECM, 1980). It's unclear how devout a ...