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Joe Morris: Age Of Everything

Read "Age Of Everything" reviewed by Julian Derry

Age of Everything is an amazingly hot trio session from unsung guitar hero Joe Morris, whose style could be compared to that of Present Tense's Philip Gibbs or even a laid-back Stefan Dill--a sort of melodious Derek Bailey, really. The fragile sharded melodies are mere invocations dripping across the fettered brow of a bubbling Holland/DeJohnette-like pulse. ...

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Joe Morris: Age of Everything

Read "Age of Everything" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Sometimes an artist comes along that, while making obviously forward-thinking and unique music, nevertheless remains apart from one's expectations that at first it seems unapproachable. Yet revisiting this same artist a few years later, with more listening under one's belt, the value of the work becomes more readily apparent. With this in mind, Joe Morris, before ...

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Daniel Levin Quartet: Don't Go It Alone

Read "Don't Go It Alone" reviewed by John Kelman

The cello may not be the first instrument you think of when it comes to improvised music, but with artists like Erik Friedlander, Vincent Courtois, and now Daniel Levin putting together daring ensembles that forge new places for their instrument, it is certainly gaining in stature. Don't Go It Alone is Levin's first recording, and is ...

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Daniel Levin: Don't Go It Alone

Read "Don't Go It Alone" reviewed by Celeste Sunderland

Contrasts flavor life. Growing shadows creeping across an expansive lawn add drama, slowly and deliberately, like a long note played deeply against the strings of a cello. Raindrops pound dry asphalt in summer, peaking the human senses like rapid spurts of a cornet against the heavy pulse of a bass.

The Daniel Levin Quartet's ...

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Stone House: Likewise

Read "Likewise" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Once Joe Morris made the leap from guitar to bass three years ago, it's been fascinating to see the results. His idiosyncratic approach to the instrument will likely be the biggest draw for Stone House, a collective free improv trio. And while the sense of time and harmony he brings to the music is remarkable, the ...

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Whit Dickey/Trio Ahxoloxha: Prophet Moon

Read "Prophet Moon" reviewed by AAJ Staff

The three players who make up Trio Ahxoloxha have long been musical intimates and regular participants on the New York free jazz scene. Drummer Whit Dickey, guitarist Joe Morris, and alto saxophonist Rob Brown united for the 1993 record Youniverse, and they've also intermingled on records by Morris, Dickey, and Matthew Shipp. The intimacy this shared ...

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William Parker/Joe Morris/Hamid Drake: Eloping With The Sun

Read "Eloping With The Sun" reviewed by AAJ Staff

When jazz players harness African music, it's always interesting to see what forms the musicians preserve from each style. After all, the goal of such a hybrid is to preserve elements of both traditions in order to achieve a result that is more than the sum of its parts.

Eloping With The Sun has ...

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William Parker/Joe Morris/Hamid Drake: Eloping With The Sun

Read "Eloping With The Sun" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The surprise in the pairing of these three creative music superstars is not that they have finally recorded together. The astonishing thing about Eloping With The Sun is the music they decided to make.

Choosing African instruments, percussionist Hamid Drake and bassist William Parker create trance-inducing rhythms for guitarist Joe Morris to play the ...

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Steve Lantner Trio: Saying So

Read "Saying So" reviewed by AAJ Staff

On Saying So, free jazz pianist Steve Lantner gives new meaning to the word lyrical. He extends beyond gentle melodies to emphasize communication, and thus tell a story. Lantner builds statements, exclamations, and questions--and that feeling comes from his phrasing. When he's out front, Lantner has a particularly articulate way of putting things together. It's not ...

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Steve Lantner Trio: Saying So

Read "Saying So" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This recording and guitarist Joe Morris' Age of Everything represent two new releases on Morris' revitalized Riti Records label.

Based on two previous outings for Leo Records, modern jazz/improvising pianist Steve Lantner's radiantly novel approach contains the stuff that provides the earmarks for a fruitful career. He has recorded with Mat Maneri (violin) and ...