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 / 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,"
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."
Today On Earth
Joe Morris Quartet
"The music incorporates a lot, with a title already hinting at it : you have jazz (and a wide variety of it), African music, Middle-Eastern flavors, folk, a little blues, and lots of freedom and joy. Enjoy this beautiful existence, today on earth!"
Joe Morris Quartet
"... Morris leads his quartet on an adventurous and varied set. With hauntingly atmospheric modal grooves, tender, reflective ballads and invigorating, angular free bop, Morris's singular talents as a guitarist have never been more evident."