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Soul Search marks the first duo collaboration from Boston's guitar wizard Joe Morris and power violinist Mat Maneri, who previously played together on Morris's quartet recordings (eg. 1998's A Cloud of Black Birds). Morris and Maneri, both idiosyncratic stylists with their own signature sound, clearly belong together.
Joe Morriswithout a doubt the most innovative guitarist to enter the arena of free jazz in the last ten yearsrelies largely on leaping single-note melodic lines and tight clusters. Morris's technical mastery of his instrument is frightening: the sheer density of notes he spews forth (and not in scalar form a la John McLaughlin) leaves other players in the dust.
Mat Maneri's musical fluency on the violin is also without parallel, though his signature sound encompasses a wider range of tonal territory. Maneri's inclusion of more chordal material helps fill in the harmonic space left open by Morris; and his bowing, plucking, and scratching attack provides tonal color to complement Morris's black-and-white lines.
On Soul Search, the stated intent is to break new ground and strive for sympathetic musical vibrations. In this regard, the CD is a total success. For listeners unaccustomed to the density and intensity of this duo, Soul Search may be overwhelming. But for those willing to take the leap, the recording is a stunningly impressive voyage through sound.
Track Listing: Slight Of Hand; Adhesive; Eyes Or Gaze; Natural Number; Versicolor; Soul Search; Flyer;
Micron; Forwards And Sideways; Pluralize.
Personnel: Joe Morris: electric guitar; Mat Maneri: electric violin.
I was first exposed to jazz as a child. My father had a very special record collection of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and many more of the greats
I was first exposed to jazz as a child. My father had a very special record collection of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and many more of the greats.
I was mesmerized by the music and still am!