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Wilber Morris

Wilber Morris was an American jazz double bass player and bandleader. He was the brother of the cornetist, composer, and conductor Butch Morris. Wilber Morris recorded widely, and performed with such musicians as Pharoah Sanders, Sonny Simmons, Alan Silva, Joe McPhee, Horace Tapscott, Butch Morris, Arthur Blythe, Charles Gayle, William Parker, and Billy Bang, Charles Tyler, Dennis Charles, Roy Campbell, Avram Fefer, Alfred 23 Harth, Borah Bergman and Rashied Ali.

The Spell

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Chazz; The Spell; Free Form #10; Afro-Amerin.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Vincent Chancey Trio: The Spell

Read "The Spell" reviewed by John Sharpe

It's not everyone who gets to be name-checked in the title of an album by Sun Ra, but Chicago-native Vincent Chancey inhabits a select club thanks to Taking A Chance On Chances (Saturn, 1977), (mis-)named after an improvised duet between his French horn and Ra's piano. As well as the Arkestra, Chancey's French horn has also ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Borah Bergman - Wilber Morris - Sunny Murray: Monks

Read "Monks" reviewed by John Sharpe

For free jazz aficionados, it is much like unearthing a hitherto unknown archaeological treasure. For ordinary listeners, dulled by all the Monk retreads, there has been little to prepare them for the startling reinvention on Monks by pianist Borah Bergman, bassist Wilber Morris and drummer Sunny Murray. It has taken a while to surface. After the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Thomas Borgmann Trio: One For Cisco

Read "One For Cisco" reviewed by John Sharpe

This limited edition LP documents a collectively birthed exploration spread across the two sides by the visiting German pair of reedman Thomas Borgmann and long time associate drummer Willi Kellers, who team up with NYC bassist Max Johnson. The concert took place as part of the New York Tenor Saxophone Festival at Ibeam in 2015 organized ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2013

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2013" reviewed by John Sharpe

Here are twelve new releases which stood out from those I heard this year, in no special order. Mostly Other People Do The Killing Slippery Rock (Hot Cup Records) Leader and bassist Moppa Elliott's songwriting talents haven't deserted him: his charts, named after small Pennsylvania towns, are bursting at ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Thomas Borgmann / Wilber Morris / Reggie Nicholson: Nasty & Sweet

Read "Nasty & Sweet" reviewed by John Sharpe

From the first few notes, it's apparent that something special is happening on Nasty & Sweet. Perhaps it's the way bassist Wilber Morris and drummer Reggie Nicholson sound so assured in their placement of the merest splashes of color. Completely unafraid to take their time, creating a powerful tension which isn't released even when German reedman ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Vision Festival 2010: Day 4, June 26, 2010

Read "Vision Festival 2010: Day 4, June 26, 2010" reviewed by John Sharpe

Prologue | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7Areni Agbabian, Lorenzo Sanguedolce, Go-Zee-Lah Reggie Nicholson, Borah Bergman, Ned Rothenberg Mark Helias, Tony Malaby, Charles GayleVision FestivalAbrons Arts CenterNew York CityJune 26, 2010Saturday was a ...

Drum String Thing

Label: CIMP Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: AfroAmerind/ Wisdom of Procreation/ Chazz/ Sketches of (Delilah)/ NYC/ In Distant Tongues/ OK, In Five Minutes/Wee/ Shimuzu Doll/ Reflection of Hip Hop.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Wilber Morris & Reggie Nicholson: Drum String Thing

Read "Drum String Thing" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Strings and skins are a combination that forms the crux of countless rhythm sections. Morris and Nicholson have been filling such a role together for years, most notably of late in the trio they share with German reedman Thomas Borgmann. This setting is different, divorced of a firmly designated melodic voice, but the music these two ...


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