Joe Morris & Do Yeon Kim
"Do Yeon Kim is a masterful performer on the gayageum or kayagum, a kind of zither or harp from Korea. Joe Morris is the better-known performer here, playing guitar on this album. Their duo is an impressive and captivating example of incredible skill and a diversity of approaches from both players, including pointillistic improv, rich rivers of chords, languid moments of beauty, and moments where it's difficult to discern who's playing what. It may take several listens to embrace the "space" they occupy in performance, but the mix of exotic interplay and the fascinating challenge of hearing a unique combination of instruments that yields unexpected results draws in the listener. Morris and Kim are clearly captivated by their own playing, and their focus and flow in their dialogs keeps this album interesting from start to finish."
Joe Morris & Evan Parker
" It took many years but I finally had the chance to play duo with Evan Parker and I did what I had planned to do. At the end of the concert an African man walked up to me and said that he thought my guitar playing sounded like a kora. I told him the story. He responded “I play kora!” I asked him his name and he said “Foday Muso Susa!”. I said “You’re one of the kora players I listened too!” He is one of the greatest in the world. And not surprisingly, Phillip Glass has composed for him. -JOE MORRIS"
Dancing With Penguins
Joe Morris & Greg Oxoby
"Oxoby has never sounded better, his bass sound round, supple, and articulate; and Morris’ signature saxophone-like guitar playing, beautifully articulated and breathlessly paced, is heard here to great effect. A fine document of an important period of time for Calgary’s improvising community. (Notes by Jonathon Ronler) "
Tooth and Nail
Joe Morris & Nate Wooley
"This kind of association indicates us, from the start, that we’re going to testify something very special, a journey of puzzling discoveries, mutual challenges, brilliant spontaneous solutions, dynamic interchange, and close interaction."
Joe Morris & William Parker
"Morris can play with a bluesy swagger, or, as out as an Albert Ayler picnic. A charter member of the Boston Improviser’s Group, his sense of freedom manifests itself musically in stark, abstract ways. No cliches here, yet it’s obvious Morris and Parker are stern self-disciplinarians and the defining characteristic of this music is their responsiveness to each other, in dynamics and rhythm." —JazzTimes"
Joe Morris / Chris Riggs / Ben Hall
"Morris is known for clean tone, and for pulling noise and nuance out of technique rather than effects. On side A, he plays a melodic foil to Riggs’ miniscule picking and pick sliding, while Hall scoots around on top with his kit. Bursts of energy surface as the theme gets more abstracted, until Morris finally takes part in the minutiae on the flip. Hall’s drumming stays consistent and jocular throughout, bringing things down to conversation level, Riggs’ loops and nuances filling out the back. Wonderful work,"
Out Right Now
Joe Morris / Mat Maneri / Joe Maneri
"The musicians' animated approach and spurious interplay is akin to some sort of domino effect, where the respective soloist's trigger responses from one another. Throughout, the trio expounds upon an abundance of emotionally driven mini-themes, consisting of Morris' articulately executed, fluttering single note lines, Mat Maneri's interrogation of all sonic registers and the band's overall propensity to pursue verbose dialogue amid various odd-metered rhythmic foundations. Hence, the music portrayed here often elicits notions of three scientists delving into a complex mathematical formula."
Joe Morris / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver
"Inspired by the lengthy expositions of Coltrane and Cecil Taylor (although sounding nothing like either) the threesome maintains an urgent pace throughout the first extended piece (50-plus minutes, demarcated into the first two tracks, comprising the opening set in full). In a relatively straightforward execution, the adventure stems from the ceaseless search, as the trio obsessively wrings all the possibilities inherent from a single mood via a steadily blossoming stream of consciousness."
Joe Morris Bass Quartet
"The music is as free as you can expect it from these musicians, but always very rhythmic, boppish even at times, with Gray and Morris providing the solid, yet shifting foundations for the two soloists, two strong sylists by the way, to interlock and carry the tune, if that's the right word for this music."