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) "
Joe Morris & Joe McPhee
"Catalytic Sound continues its Catalytic Artist Album fundraising program by releasing CAA-033 to the public: a duo recording created by Joe Morris and Joe McPhee, called ERA. Catalytic is releasing this extraordinary document on Bandcamp Day so that 100% of the donations received Friday will go to a social justice organization selected by Joe McPhee, The Innocence Project (innocenceproject.org) was "founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, and exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.""
Consequent Duos: series 2b
Joe Morris & Ken Vandermark
"Morris’ impact on Vandermark’s creative path goes back to the mid-1980s, when he heard Joe perform in Boston on a regular basis with the Joe Morris Trio and his group Sweatshop. Those ensembles set a standard for musical exploration and excellence that Ken still seeks to achieve with his own ensembles today."
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,"