Joe Morris


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Krentz Ratings:
Wraparound (1983), 5.5/10
Graffiti in Two Parts (1985), 5.5/10
Human Rights (1987), 5.5/10
Sweatshop (1990), 5/10
Flip and Spike (1992), 5/10
Symbolic Gesture (1993), 5/10
Racket Club (1993), 5.5/10
Illuminate (1993), 5.5/10
Three Men Walking (1995), 5.5/10
Out Right Now (1995), 5/10
You Be Me (1995), 5.5/10
No Vertigo (1995), 5.5/10
Elsewhere (1996), 6/10
Like Rays (1996), 4/10
Antennae (1997), 4/10
Thesis (1997), 5.5/10
Invisible Weave (1997), 5.5/10
Deep Telling (1998), 5.5/10
A Cloud of Black Birds (1998), 5.5/10
Underthru (1999), 5.5/10
At the Old Office (1999), 5.5/10
Many Rings (1999), 5.5/10
Soulsearch (1999), 6/10
Singularity (2000), 6/10
Voices Lowered (2000), 5.5/10
Eloping with the Sun (2001), 5.5/10
Age of Everything (2002), 6/10
Beautiful Existence (2004), 5.5/10
Rebus (2006), 5/10
Elm City Duets (2006), 5.5/10
Fine Objects (2007), 5/10
The Story of Mankind (2007), 5/10
High Definition (2007), 5.5/10
Four Improvisations (2007), 5.5/10
The Necessary and the Possible (2008), 5.5/10
Atmosphere (2008), 5.5/10
Tooth and Nail (2008), 5.5/10
Wildlife (2008), 6/10
Today on Earth (2009), 5/10
Creatures (2009), 5.5/10
Colorfield (2009), 7/10
Next (2009), 5.5/10
Camera (2010), 5.5/10
Broken Partials (2010), 5.5/10
Ambrosia (2010), 5.5/10
Sensor (2010), 5.5/10
Traits (2010), 5.5/10
Mess Hall (2011), 5/10
Altitude (2011), 5.5/10
XYX (2011), 5.5/10
Ultra (2011), 5.5/10
From the Discreet to the Particular (2011), 5/10
Black Aces (2013), 5.5/10
Pole Axe (2013), 5.5/10
Part and Parcel (2013), 5.5/10
Balance (2013), 5/10
Plymouth (2014), 5.5/10
Storms (2014), 5/10
Solos Bimhuis (2014), 6/10
Ticonderoga (2014), 5.5/10
The Village (2014), 5/10
Raoul (2015), 6/10
Counterpoint (2015), 5.5/10
Shock Axis (2015), 5/10
Geometry of Caves (2016), 5.5/10
New Favorite Thing Called Breathing (2017), 5.5/10
Dancing with Penguins (2017), 5/10
Rural Optimism (2017), 5/10
Mind Creature Sound Dasein (2017), 5.5/10
Macrocosm (2018), 6/10
Cowboy Transfiguration (2018), 5.5/10
Paradoxical (2019), 6/10
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New York's white guitarist and occasional bassist Joe Morris (1955), who had already debuted with the live Wraparound (february 1983) in a trio with bassist Sebastian Steinberg and drummer Laurence Cook, was revealed by the live improvisations with a rhythm section (bassist Sebastian Steinberg and either Jerry Deupree or Thurman Barker on drums) of 1985-87 collected on the double LP Human Rites (december 1987).

Unreleased for a long time was Graffiti In Two Parts (may 1985 - Rogue Art, 2012), a live date with violinist Malcolm Goldstein, cornet player Butch Morris and Lowell Davidson on acoustic bass and drums.

More trio recordings followed: Sweatshop (two sessions, in october 1988 and january 1990), influenced by soul and funk (Sebastian Steinberg on bass and Jerry Deupree on drums), the cerebral and ambitious Flip & Spike (? 1992) with the same line-up, the live Symbolic Gesture (june 1993) with bassist Nate McBride and drummer Curt Newton,

More substantial was Racket Club (june 1993), influenced by Ornette Coleman's Prime Time band, for a sextet (two drummers, two saxophonists, a bassist), alas an experiment he would never try again.

Morris perhaps shone better when he was not the protagonist: on Illuminate (november 1993), in a quartet with alto saxophonist Rob Brown, bassist William Parker and drummer Jackson Krall; on Three Men Walking (november 1995), in a trio of reeds, violin and guitar with Joe Maneri and Mat Maneri, with leftovers of those sessions collected on Out Right Now (november 1995); on You Be Me (april 1995), in a quartet with bassist Nate McBride, drummer Curt Newton and violinist Mat Maneri; and especially on Elsewhere (february 1996), with pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist William Parker and drummer Whit Dickey.

However, the solos of No Vertigo (april 1995), the duets of Thesis (january 1997) and Broken Partials (february 2010) with Matthew Shipp, and the duets of Invisible Weave (january 1997) with bassist William Parker established his credentials among the community of abstract improvisors.

The trio format of Like Rays (june 1996) with Ken Vandermark and Hans Poppel, as well as the live Antennae (july 1997) with bassist Nate McBride and drummer Jerome Deupree sounded like a self-indulgent distraction.

There were also interesting ventures into collective improvisation: Deep Telling (april 1998) with the DKV Trio (tenor saxophonist Ken Vandermark, bassist Kent Kessler and percussionist Hamid Drake); Many Rings (february 1999) with bassoon player Karen Borca, alto saxman/flutist Rob Brown and accordion player Andrea Parkins; and the two quartets with violinist Mat Maneri A Cloud of Black Birds (june 1998) and Underthru (march 1999), as well as the live At the Old Office (december 1999) with Mat Maneri on viola.

His most experimental works were: the duets with Mat Maneri of Soul Search (august 1999), the acoustic guitar solos of Singularity (may 2000), the Four Improvisations (july 2007) wth Anthony Braxton, the ten banjo solos of Atmosphere (march 2008), the duets with pioneering improvising bassist Barre Phillips on Elm City Duets (june 2006), the four lengthy solos of Colorfield (may 2009), which constitute a lyrical peak of Morris' art, the solo bass album Sensor (february 2010), the duets with trumpeter Nate Wooley of Tooth And Nail (august 2008), the duets with drummer Luther Gray of Creatures (april 2009), and the duets with pianist Agusti Fernandez of Ambrosia (october 2010).

At the same time he continued to explore all sorts of formats: the trio with Joe Maneri (alto & tenor sax) and Steven Lantner (piano) of Voices Lowered (august 2000); the trio with drummer William Parker and bassist Hamid Drake of Eloping With The Sun (december 2001); the four lengthy trio excursions of Age Of Everything (january 2002) with bassist Timo Shanko and drummer Luther Gray; the quartet of Beautiful Existence (october 2004) with Jim Hobbs on alto sax; the trio of Rebus (january 2006) with Ken Vandermark and Luther Gray; the trio of Fine Objects (february 2007) with drummer Jason Nazary and saxophonist Peter Cancura; the trio of The Story Of Mankind (june 2007) with alto saxophonist Jim Hobbs and drummer Luther Gray; the bland Bass Quartet of High Definition (december 2007) with Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn), Allan Chase (alto, baritone and tenor saxophones) and Luther Gray (drums); the trio with bassist Simon Fell and clarinetist Alex Ward of the live improvisations The Necessary And The Possible (may 2008) on which he played acoustic guitar; the quartet of Today on Earth (2009) with saxophonist Jim Hobbs, bassist Timo Shanko and drummer Luther Gray; the quartet of Camera (april 2010) with Katt Hernandez on violin, Junko Fujiwara Simons on cello and Luther Gray on drums; the trio with bassoon player Sara Schoenbeck and Taylor Ho Bynum on cornemeuse, flugelhorn and piccolo of Next (november 2009); the trio with bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver of Altitude (june 2011).

The trio of Joe Morris (guitar), Agusti Fernandez (piano) and Nate Wooley (trumpet) recorded the seven lenghty improvisations of From The Discreet To The Particular (july 2011).

An important step took place when he played bass in a trio with alto saxophonist Petr Cancura and drummer Luther Gray for the lengthy ruminations of Wildlife (march 2008). The trio became a quartet, still named Wildlife, with the addition of alto saxophonist Jim Hobbs on Traits (october 2010).

Mess Hall (october 2011) documents a studio improvisation by a trio with Stave Lantner (electric keyboard) and Jerome Deupree (drums).

Slobber Pup (featuring the Melvins' bassist Trevor Dunn, organist Jamie Saft and Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi) debuted with Black Aces (Rarenoise, 2013), and returned with Pole Axe (december 2013), having lost Dunn but acquired saxophonist Mats Gustafsson.

A trio with altosaxophonist Fausto Sierakowski and Nigel Taylor on amplified trumpet and percussion recorded the improvisations of Part and Parcel (Bug Incision, 2013).

Plymouth (Rare Noise, 2014) launched a new project with Jamie Saft (organ, echoplex piano, Fender Rhodes), Joe Morris (electric guitar), Chris Lightcap (electric bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums) and Mary Halvorson (electric guitar)

Joe Morris' Quartet, featuring violist Mat Maneri, bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Gerald Cleaver, recorded Balance (december 2013).

Storms (may 2014) documents acoustic duets with fellow guitarist Chris Cretella.

Solos Bimhuis (october 2014) collects solos for acoustic guitar, notably the 26-minute Story.

Spanish Donkey (with Jamie Saft on microtonal organ, synthesizers and echoplex piano, and Mike Pride on drums) recorded XYX (Northern Spy, 2011) and Raoul (Rare Noise, 2015), that includes the 32-minute Raoul. Counterpoint (march 2015) featured a trio with Ivo Perelman and Mat Maneri (viola).

Ticonderoga (december 2014) debuted a new project with Charles Downs (drums), Jamie Saft (piano) and Joe McPhee (tenor and soprano saxes): Mohawk.

Joe Morris' trio with Chris Cretella on electric bass and Dave Parmelee on drums debuted on Shock Axis (june 2015).

Ultra (july 2011) was an experiment with Junko Fujiwara (cello), Agusti Fernandez (piano), Yasmine Azaiez (violin) and Tanya Kalmanowitch (violin and viola).

Joe Morris formed Racehorse Names with drummer Ben Hall, keyboardist Mick Dobday, Anthony Levin-Decanini (electronics), Ronnie Zawadi (percussion), John Dierker (reeds) and Mike Khoury (viola and violin). The group debuted on New Favorite Thing Called Breathing (Relative Pitch, 2017).

Geometry Of Caves (december 2016) features Tomeka Reid on cello, Joe Morris on guitar, Kyoko Kitamura on voice and Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet, piccolo and bass trumpets.

Dancing With Penguins (april 2017) was a collaboration with double bassist Rob Oxoby. Rural Optimism (march 2017) was a collaboration with Chris Dadge (percussion) and Jonathon Wilcke (tenor sax).

Joe Morris (guitar) and Do Yeon Kim (gayagaum, a Korean instrument also known as kayagum, a kind of 12-string zither) recorded the five lenghty pieces of Macrocosm (september 2018), notably the 19-minute Orchard.

Mind Creature Sound Dasein (november 2017) features Ben Stapp on acoustic tuba, euphonium & objects, Joe Morris on electric guitar & pedals plus Stephen Haynes on cornets.

Cowboy Transfiguration (may 2018) documents improvisations with Brad Barrett (double bass, cello) and Tyshawn Sorey (drums, percussion).

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Alessandro Rusignuolo )

Il chitarrista bianco di New York, nonché bassista occasionale, Joe Morris (1955), che aveva già debuttato con il live Wraparound (febbraio 1983) in un trio con il bassista Sebastian Steinberg e il batterista Laurence Cook, è venuto alla ribalta grazie alle improvvisazioni dal vivo con una sezione ritmica (bassista Sebastian Steinberg e Jerry Deupree o Thurman Barker alla batteria) nel 1985-87, raccolte nel doppio LP Human Rites (dicembre 1987).

Inedito per lungo tempo è stato Graffiti In Two Parts (maggio 1985 - Rogue Art, 2012), che è un live in un'unica data con il violinista Malcolm Goldstein, il cornettista Butch Morris e Lowell Davidson al basso acustico e batteria.

Seguono altre registrazioni in trio: Sweatshop (due sessioni, nell'ottobre 1988 e gennaio 1990), influenzate dal soul e dal funk (Sebastian Steinberg al basso e Jerry Deupree alla batteria), il cerebrale e ambizioso Flip & Spike (? 1992) con la stessa linea-up, il live Symbolic Gesture (giugno 1993) con il bassista Nate McBride e il batterista Curt Newton.

Più consistente è stato Racket Club (giugno 1993), influenzato dalla band Prime Time di Ornette Coleman, per sestetto (due percussionisti, due sassofonisti, un bassista), un esperimento purtroppo che non avrebbe mai più provato.

Morris forse brillava maggiormente quando non era protagonista: su Illuminate (novembre 1993), in un quartetto con il sassofonista contralto Rob Brown, il bassista William Parker e il batterista Jackson Krall; su Three Men Walking (novembre 1995), in un trio di fiati, violino e chitarra con Joe Maneri e Mat Maneri, resti di quelle sessioni poi raccolte su Out Right Now (novembre 1995); su You Be Me (aprile 1995), in un quartetto con il bassista Nate McBride, il batterista Curt Newton e il violinista Mat Maneri; e soprattutto su Elsewhere (febbraio 1996), con il pianista Matthew Shipp, il bassista William Parker e il batterista Whit Dickey.

Tuttavia, gli assoli di No Vertigo (aprile 1995), i duetti di Thesis (gennaio 1997) e Broken Partials (febbraio 2010) con Matthew Shipp, e i duetti di Invisible Weave (gennaio 1997) con il bassista William Parker, hanno affermato le sue credenziali tra la comunità di improvvisatori astratti.

Il trio di Like Rays (giugno 1996) con Ken Vandermark e Hans Poppel, così come il live Antennae (luglio 1997) con il bassista Nate McBride e il batterista Jerome Deupree, sembrano però una distrazione autoindulgente.

Ci sono state anche interessanti esperienze nell'improvvisazione collettiva: Deep Telling (aprile 1998) con il DKV Trio (sassofonista tenore Ken Vandermark, bassista Kent Kessler e percussionista Hamid Drake); Many Rings (febbraio 1999), con la fogottista Karen Borca, il sassofonista / flautista alto Rob Brown e la fisarmonicista Andrea Parkins; e i due quartetti con il violinista Mat Maneri su A Cloud of Black Birds (giugno 1998) e Underthru (marzo 1999), così come il live At the Old Office (dicembre 1999) con Mat Maneri alla viola.

I suoi lavori più sperimentali sono stati: i duetti con Mat Maneri di Soul Search (agosto 1999), gli assoli di chitarra acustica di Singularity (maggio 2000), le Four Improvisations (luglio 2007) con Anthony Braxton, i dieci soli al banjo di Atmosphere (marzo 2008), i duetti con il pionieristico contrabbassista improvvisatore Barre Phillips su Elm City Duets (giugno 2006), i quattro lunghi assoli di Colorfield (maggio 2009), che costituiscono un picco lirico dell'arte di Morris, l'album di solo basso Sensor (febbraio 2010), i duetti con il trombettista Nate Wooley di Tooth And Nail (agosto 2008), i duetti con il batterista Luther Gray su Creatures (aprile 2009) e i duetti con il pianista Agusti Fernandez di Ambrosia (ottobre 2010).

Allo stesso tempo ha continuato ad esplorare tutti i tipi di forme: il trio con Joe Maneri (sax alto e tenore) e Steven Lantner (piano) di Voices Lowered (agosto 2000); il trio con il batterista William Parker e il bassista Hamid Drake di Eloping With The Sun (dicembre 2001); le quattro lunghe escursioni in trio di Age Of Everything (gennaio 2002) con il bassista Timo Shanko e il batterista Luther Gray; il quartetto di Beautiful Existence (ottobre 2004) con Jim Hobbs al sax alto; il trio di Rebus (gennaio 2006) con Ken Vandermark e Luther Gray; il trio di Fine Objects (febbraio 2007) con il batterista Jason Nazary e il sassofonista Peter Cancura; il trio di The Story Of Mankind (giugno 2007) con il sassofonista contralto Jim Hobbs e il batterista Luther Gray; il noioso Bass Quartet of High Definition (dicembre 2007) con Taylor Ho Bynum (cornetta, tromba e flicorno), Allan Chase (sax contralto, baritono e tenore) e Luther Gray (batteria); il trio con il bassista Simon Fell e il clarinettista Alex Ward in improvvisazioni dal vivo su The Necessary And The Possible (maggio 2008) su cui ha suonato la chitarra acustica; il quartetto di Today on Earth (2009) con il sassofonista Jim Hobbs, il bassista Timo Shanko e il batterista Luther Gray; il quartetto di Camera (aprile 2010) con Katt Hernandez al violino, Junko Fujiwara Simons al violoncello e Luther Gray alla batteria; il trio con la fagottista Sara Schoenbeck e Taylor Ho Bynum alla cornamusa, flicorno e ottavino di Next (novembre 2009); il trio con il bassista William Parker e il batterista Gerald Cleaver di Altitude (giugno 2011).

Il trio di Joe Morris (chitarra), Agusti Fernandez (pianoforte) e Nate Wooley (tromba) ha registrato le sette improvvisazioni estemporanee di From The Discreet To The Particular (luglio 2011).

Un passo importante ha avuto luogo quando suonava il basso in un trio con il sassofonista contralto Petr Cancura e il batterista Luther Gray per le lunghe elucubrazioni di Wildlife (marzo 2008). Il trio è diventato un quartetto, ancora chiamato Wildlife, con l'aggiunta del sassofonista contralto Jim Hobbs su Traits (ottobre 2010).

 

Mess Hall (ottobre 2011) è l'improvvisazione in studio di un trio con Stave Lantner (tastiera elettrica) e Jerome Deupree (batteria).

Slobber Pup (con il bassista dei Melvins Trevor Dunn, l'organista Jamie Saft e il batterista ungherese Balazs Pandi) ha debuttato con Black Aces (Rarenoise, 2013), ed è tornato con Pole Axe (dicembre 2013), avendo perso Dunn ma acquisendo il sassofonista Mats Gustafsson.

Un trio con il sassofonista alto Fausto Sierakowski e Nigel Taylor alla tromba e percussioni amplificate ha registrato le improvvisazioni di Part and Parcel (Bug Incision, 2013).

Plymouth (Rare Noise, 2014) ha lanciato un nuovo progetto con Jamie Saft (organo, echoplex piano, Fender Rhodes), Joe Morris (chitarra elettrica), Chris Lightcap (basso elettrico), Gerald Cleaver (batteria) e Mary Halvorson (chitarra elettrica).

Joe Morris Quartet, con il violista Mat Maneri, il bassista Chris Lightcap e il batterista Gerald Cleaver, ha registrato Balance (dicembre 2013).

Storms (maggio 2014) comprende duetti acustici con il collega chitarrista Chris Cretella.

Solos Bimhuis (ottobre 2014) raccoglie assoli per chitarra acustica, notevole Story di 26 minuti.

Spanish Donkey (con Jamie Saft all'organo microtonale, sintetizzatori e pianoforte echoplex e Mike Pride alla batteria) ha registrato XYX (Northern Spy, 2011) e Raoul (Rare Noise, 2015), che include Raoul di ben 32 minuti. Counterpoint (marzo 2015) è caratterizzato dal trio con Ivo Perelman e Mat Maneri (viola).

Ticonderoga (dicembre 2014) è il debutto di un nuovo progetto con Charles Downs (batteria), Jamie Saft (piano) e Joe McPhee (sax tenore e soprano): Mohawk.

Il trio di Joe Morris con Chris Cretella al basso elettrico e Dave Parmelee alla batteria ha prodotto Shock Axis (giugno 2015).

Ultra (luglio 2011) è stato un esperimento con Junko Fujiwara (violoncello), Agusti Fernandez (pianoforte), Yasmine Azaiez (violino) e Tanya Kalmanowitch (violino e viola).

Joe Morris ha poi fondato Racehorse Names con il batterista Ben Hall, il tastierista Mick Dobday, Anthony Levin-Decanini (elettronica), Ronnie Zawadi (percussioni), John Dierker (ance) e Mike Khoury (viola e violino). Il gruppo ha debuttato con New Favorite Thing Called Breathing (Relative Pitch, 2017).

 

Geometry Of Caves (dicembre 2016) presenta Tomeka Reid al violoncello, Joe Morris alla chitarra, Kyoko Kitamura alla voce e Taylor Ho Bynum alla cornetta, ottavino e tromba bassa.

Dancing With Penguins (aprile 2017) è stata una collaborazione con il contrabbassista Rob Oxoby. Rural Optimism (marzo 2017) una collaborazione con Chris Dadge (percussioni) e Jonathon Wilcke (tenore sax).

The Village (september 2014) documents two lengthy improvisations by between Joe Morris and Evan Parker.

Joe Morris formed the quartet Instatiation with Brad Barrett (bass), Elinor Speirs (violin) and Dan O'Brien (clarinets). Their debut album Paradoxical (march 2019) contains the 25-minute Type 1.

The quartet of Joe Morris on guitar, Taylor Ho Byrum on cornet and trumpets, Tomeka Reid on cello, and Kyoko Kitamura on voice recorded Geometry Of Caves (december 2016) and Geometry Of Distance (december 2018).

Instantiation - Paradoxical (march 2019) was performed with Dan O'Brien (clarinets), Elinor Speirs (violin) and Brad Barrett (bass). Instantiation then released: Versioning (june 2019), with Raef Sengupta (alto sax), Daniel Klingsberg (bass), Michael Sabin (trombone) and Alex Quinn (trumpet); Locale (november 2019), with Allison Burik (alto sax), Ben Halla (percussion), Dan O’Brien (tenor and baritone saxes) and Andria Nicodemou (vibraphone); and Switches (december 2019), this time a trio with Brad Barrett (cello) and Eric Stilwell (trombone).

Combinations (december 2018) documents a collaboration with Tomeka Reid (cello).

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