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Joe Morris

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Joe Morris was born in New Haven, Connecticut on September 13, 1955. At the age of 12 he took lessons on the trumpet for one year. He started on guitar in 1969 at the age of 14. He played his first professional gig later that year. With the exception of a few lessons he is self-taught. The influence of Jimi Hendrix and other guitarists of that period led him to concentrate on learning to play the blues. Soon thereafter his sister gave him a copy of John Coltrane's OM which inspired him to learn about Jazz and New Music. From age 15 to 17 he attended a student run alternative High School called The Unschool in downtown New Haven next to the campus of Yale University

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The Bright Awakening

Label: Rogue Art
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Bright Awakening.

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Combinations

Label: Rogue Art
Released: 2021
Track listing: Are You Ready?; Chicago; Together Yet Always Apart; Parallax Strolls; Percussive Play; New York; In The Mid Ground; Talking Drums; Skim The Surface And Plunge The Depths; Rainbow Gladiator.

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Unconventional Instruments

Read "Unconventional Instruments" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


ECM regularly tops lists of the best jazz labels though their full name--Edition of Contemporary Music--would argue for a broader scope of content. A substantial number of their most popular albums, such as Carla Bley's Escalator Over The Hill (1974), Egberto Gismonti: Dança Dos Escravos (1989), Nils Petter Molvær's Khmer (1997), and many more, are not ...

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Article: Album Review

Flow Trio with Joe McPhee: Winter Garden

Read "Winter Garden" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The thing about free jazz is that it is very much like abstract expressionist painting. Many an inexperienced museum goer will spot a Jackson Pollock and say to herself, “I coulda done that." Actually, you couldn't. Same thing with free jazz. From a distance, it's all hubbub and din, but try your hand at it, and ...

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Article: Album Review

Paul Dunmall - Matthew Shipp - Joe Morris - Gerald Cleaver: The Bright Awakening

Read "The Bright Awakening" reviewed by John Sharpe


British saxophonist Paul Dunmall reaffirms the transcendent power of free jazz with a muscular quartet convened for his triumphant appearance at the 2012 Vision Festival, for which he invited pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist Joe Morris and drummer Gerald Cleaver to join him. The pianist and reedman were well acquainted, having hooked up during a Shipp residency ...

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Article: Album Review

Tomeka Reid - Joe Morris: Combinations

Read "Combinations" reviewed by John Sharpe


One of the fascinations of a duet is how the alternating tension and balance between the two poles can create an overall mood which differs from either of the constituent parts. Abstraction particularly promotes that sort of ambiguity, and it is especially prevalent in the pairing of cellist Tomeka Reid and guitarist Joe Morris on Combinations, ...

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Shamanism

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Prophets and Healers; Shamanism; Spirit World; Trance; Altered States of Consciousness; Spiritual Energies; One Who Knows; Divination; Supernatural Faith; Religious Ecstasy.

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Studio Sessions Vol. 3

Label: Gaucimusic
Released: 2020
Track listing: Untitled Improvisation 1; Untitled Improvisation 2.

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Out of the Hole

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2020
Track listing: Out of the Hole; Aprosexia; Umwelt; Tunnel Mouth; Ed Sullivan; Stella by Starlight.


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