Agustí Fernandez / Joe Morris / Charmaine Lee
"«Magma» is indeed a free-improvised meeting of the volatile and volcanic kind, wild, unpredictable and risk-taking."
Brad Barrett / Joe Morris / Tyshawn Sorey
"The music in this recording is completely improvised, although it is not without specific methodology. These works reframe the concept of composition through frameworks that direct musical activity, and explore a participatory compositional process that unfolds through moment-to-moment interaction."
Catalytic Quarterly Issues 1-4 (2018)
"In a very limited quantity of 30 hand-numbered sets, we present the first four issues of the Catalytic Quarterly collected in an envelope designed by our own Federico Peñalva. From Ken Vandermark's first article on the challenges of 21st-century sustainability to Mat's Gustafsson's collected Discaholic's Corner notes and everything in between from Ig Henneman, Andy Moor, Terrie Hessels, Paal Nilssen-Love, Joe McPhee, Joe Morris, Nate Wooley, Ab Baars, Elisabeth Harnik and Tim Daisy all of our partner artists non-musical Catalytic activity is collected in this set. Get one while the stock lasts! "
""If there is a way—and there most certainly is—to feel music with all the senses, then Flow Trio, comprising saxophonist Louie Belogenis, bassist Joe Morris and percussionist Charles Downs, show how completely spectacular this can feel when it all comes together on a record such as Rejuvenation. The group, all seriously schooled in the poetics of sound, have literally mastered the way to fully explore the sound dynamic of saxophone, bass and drum, vertically- -for harmonic depth—and horizontally—to toy with the melodic elasticity. And if the central idea of Rejuvenation is to drain the senses' touchstones in music that are obvious, predictable and comfortably numbing, and refill them with an unexpected and refreshing, resonant and wholesome new sound, then it succeeds not only conceptually, but also in every real sense as well." -All About Jazz"
"Recorded in October of 2011 with longtime collaborators Steve Lantner on Yamaha electric piano and Jerome Deupree on drums, the disc’s five improvised pieces revolve around a core set of ideas that seek to employ the guitar as a post-Hendrix sound generator. The past two entries in the project, Sweat Shop (1990) and Racket Club (1998) explored various avenues of melodic composition with detours into ostinato and groove forms. Here the structures are more open-ended and concerned with color, texture and weight. To that end Morris breaks a rule set earlier in his career (although discarded with increasing regularity these days) by incorporating effects pedals into his sound and eschewing clean single-note runs. "
"While this is technically guitarist Joe Morris' second trio release, it's his first on CD. It's also the one most engaged with the soul/funk/R&B axis of his four areas of exploration post-Hendrix, new jazz, solo acoustic, extended techniques. Of all Morris' records, this is perhaps his most accessible and his weirdest. Accompanied by Sebastian Steinberg on bass and Jerry Deupree on drums, Morris comes up with nine tunes, all of them collective improvisations that showcase the soloing of the entire band, often simultaneously."
"Abstract yes, but melodic too, with careful restraint precision on the first and third piece, with leads indeed to a strange kind of non-figurative clarity, and with more nervous and agitated work on the two other pieces."
Age of Everything
"Again, just four large slabs of music, uncompromisingly played and with that deceptively linear approach which suggests that harmonic depth isn't the first thing that excites the guitarist."