Damage Is Done
McPhee / Brötzmann / Kessler / Zerang
"While the players can (and do) perform volatile energy jazz here, their preference is for music that's dissectible enough for the players to be distinguished in parts and direction. The breadth and power of these four players comes through with an exhaustive clarity in this crisp and vigorous live recording. -Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"
A Night in Alchemia
McPhee / Edwards / Kugel
"European, Scandinavian and American avant-garde jazz are gently brought together. That makes an effort to evocative, bright and luminous sound. - Avant Scena"
McPhee • Caloia • Stewart
"Permutations” is a set of colorful expressions, rich musical language, marvelous and brilliant solos and original musical decisions." -AvantScena Art Stew Records – ASR 007"
Mikolaj Trzaska Ircha Clarinet Quintet Featuring Joe McPhee
"The ensemble is harmonically unified. Yet, McPhee’s clarinet sound is strikingly different; in fact, when the purity of his tone rises from the whole, its origins lurk mysteriously. -Lynn Horton, JazzTimes"
This Is Our Language
"Lisbon’s Rodrigo Amado has chosen a crack team of improvisers with whom to present his vocabulary. With This Is Our Language, he has succeeded in uniting the varied parlances of creative musicians around the world. Over the span of forty-three minutes, Amado has condensed a diverse array of concepts that blossom and mature with each listening. This is a commanding and authoritative recording that should not be missed. -Peter Gough, Free Jazz Blog"
A History of Nothing
Rodrigo Amado, Joe McPhee Kent Kessler & Chris Corsano
"Amado’s quartet is in peak form, exerting another biting album that comprehends both volcanic and ruminative sonic layers. Just let the freedom touch you while enjoying this finely calibrated commotion. -Filipe Freitas "
Survival Unit III
"It is a dark piece, full of frenzy, yet it is also elegant, beautifully swinging, enrooted in gospel and blues. Another great album of a great artist. -Martin Schray, Free Jazz Blog"
The Clifford Thornton Memorial Quartet
"Throughout its one extended track and a cursory refinement of the obvious encore, the four musicians work through the theme with a logic of their own. McPhee’s valve trombone introduction and much later tenor saxophone elaborations refer back to bedrock Blues which also coursed through Thornton’s work. -Ken Waxman, Jazz World"
The Joe McPhee Quintet
"The quintet creates a spacious yet wonderfully murky chamber music, utilizing timbre as its force for forward momentum. The three-string instruments are given free rein to cover or open spaces inside this mode and create intervals of their own for McPhee and S. Dempster. They create textures in space by employing timbral chromatics of timbre and tonal extension and contraction to achieve their aims. -Thom Jurek, All Music"