The Sugarhill Suite
"The musicians address a narrow window within a broad perspective. The recording as a whole describes a memory of the epitome of the Harlem Renaissance and how musicians came out of that time still longing for a recurrence of the dream of the focal point which was Sugar Hill- where resided the quintessence of the African-American culture.... one whole world within a geometry of avenues and streets. The music possesses a substantive subtlety. It is taut and somewhat restrained, even though the fluidity of McPhee’s tenor lines overrides the tightness of the rhythm section. The music is soft even when it is loud. The music grows out of melody into abstraction easily, without fracture. -Lyn Horton, jazzreview.com"
Universal Indians with Joe McPhee
"In 2005 McPhee starts a collaboration with the Universal Indians, a power trio with the American saxophonist John Dikeman and the Norwegian rhythm section of bassist Jon Rune Strøm and drummer Tollef Østvang. This results in the album 'Skullduggery' (Clean Feed). On this the foursome plays fiery and raw free jazz."