Voices: 10 Improvisations
Joe McPhee & John Heward
"The purity and range of tone emanating from the pocket trumpet and soprano give this recording presence, notwithstanding the design of Voices, which itself glows with integrity. Integrity that is cultivated from diversity, invested with purpose and substance, and evocative of whatever the next moments offer. -Lyn Horton, All About Jazz"
Pieces of Light
Joe McPhee & John Snyder
"McPhee at times anticipates and complements the limited wave forms of his playing partner, but the two don't try to mimic or play on top of each other. Rather, they assume, shift, meld and counter roles. McPhee at times plays marvelously jazzy in alien vistas and if Snyder's synthesizer sounds a bit dated at times it never comes off as quaint. With the renewed popularity of analogue electronics of late, 'dated' is not much of an issue. In fact, if anything dates this as an 'electroacoustic' meeting, it's the pair's willingness to be musical. -Kurt Gottschalk, All About Jazz"
Brace For Impact
Joe McPhee & Mats Gustafsson
"McPhee and Gustafsson liked these recordings so much that they immediately mixed and mastered the proceedings for an unspecified label only to have them collect dust in the vaults for the next decade. Fast forward to the present where CvsD has done this lost session justice with a knockout release emblazoned with artwork by Chicago-based artist Charline von Heyl. -Nick Metzger, Squid Ear"
Joe McPhee & Michael Bisio
"The two make some of the best music around, and do it with elegant simplicity. Entirely original in concept, this is a perfect setting for the bassist and sometimes saxophonist (McPhee is elsewhere just as effective on brass), and features them at their best. The range of moods is astonishing, from soft, slow, and lazy to completely invigorating. -Steve Loewy, All Music"
Creole Gardens (A New Orleans Suite)
Joe McPhee & Michael Zerang
"McPhee's cooption of improvised figures out of which he conjures satisfying creations is best shown on "Crescent City Lullaby" where his a capella alto arpeggios gradually link into a plaintive song, referenced time and again through the ensuing improvisation. -John Sharpe, All About Jazz"
Song for the Big Chief
Joe McPhee & Paal Nilssen-Love
"In the introduction to the concert McPhee made the announcement that tonight’s performance would be in honour to the memory of one the great giants of free music [Sunny Murray]. True to Murray’s spirit this didn’t meaning playing a night of cover tunes, but creating new sounds and pushing the music into the future."
Joe McPhee / Dominic Duval / Jay Rosen / Mikolaj Trzaska
"The musicians inspire and interact with one another in exceptionally intricate and subtle ways. The smallest details of the playing fill volumes of space with intelligent musical conversation, no matter whether one, two, three or all four are involved in the improvisation. The instrumental layering is so clear and unique that listening is an extraordinarily fulfilling challenge. There is bubbling and boiling, but absolutely no mayhem. -Lynn Horton, JazzTimes"
Port of Saints
Joe McPhee / Dominic Duval / Michael Bisio / Raymond Boni
"Port of Saints describes an epic journey whose main character is the saxophone. A guitar acts as the saxophone's alter ego. Two basses supply avuncular guide posts for traveling to an unknowable but certain destination. The journey is rife both with fantasy and human spirit. -Lynn Horton, All About Jazz"