Joe Morris Quartet
""Maneri’s viola sings and saws through imaginative solos and commentaries, and it blends wonderfully with the guitarist’s flinty single-note lines and harmonic shards, evoking whole worlds of music—not only shades of Ornette Coleman but abstractions of Africa, India and Appalachias.""
Joe Morris Trio
"Recorded live at Boston Film Video Foundation (BF/VF) on Feb.28, and March 17, 1983. Dedicated to Judy Painter. Thanks to Andrew, Bob, Ben, Mario, George at BFVF. Special thanks to Ron, Hank, Margot, Jack, Lowell, Trip, Wombat, my friends in Paris and my Family."
From The Discrete To The Particular
Joe Morris • Agustí Fernández • Nate Wooley
"Being perfectly aware that a trio featuring Joe Morris on guitar, Agustí Fernández on piano and Nate Wooley on trumpet can’t be, for an immanent reason connected to the mastery of the musicians, less than rewarding, my attention has instead been caught by the title of the album. Echoing and mixing several philosophical and scientific subjects it is, in my opinion, a brief and inspired description of some tendencies and paths sketched out in the compositions." - Paolo Casertano "Free Jazz Blog"
Joe Morris, Brad Barrett, Eric Stilwell
"I think this is what Joe Morris continues to do for so long and with so much stubborn obstinacy. This record, like every one of his last records, is his last position on the creative frontier, what he calls a “perpetual frontier”, a temporary position that may be already uncomfortable for him and already calls the desire to explore again, to move even further ahead. There are personalities that never stop, are tireless, they endure routines, are bold. Joe Morris is one of these people. And, in the art world, to be daring, it always pays."
MVP LSD: The Graphic Scores of Lowell Skinner Davidson
Joe Morris, John Voigt, Tom Plsek
"As with most engaging music, so much informs every moment of MVP LSD that any overarching description is futile. Each performer has a large timbral pallet, but more conventional modes of expression are also plentiful. Sample Morris's beautifully pantonal musings on "Separate Blue X" or Plsek's pointilistic punctuations on "Index Card no. 1." There is dialogue a-plenty, but the larger picture is of a trio, the three musicians often seeming to breathe as one as they explore these rich and multivalent compositional landscapes. -Mark Medwin "Dusted" 2009"
Joe Morris/Rob Brown Quartet
""They go back and forth like this for long periods until the playing turns itself inside out and swings like old-school jazz -- as interpreted by Ellery Eskelin, not Don Byas. Morris and Parker use their strings to fluctuate the tempo back and forth while Krall triple-times the entire band until they virtually collapse at the tune's end. Some of the most enduring things are the flaws; they are worn proudly, as moments frozen on tape in the heat of group interplay. It's worth owning for this alone, but it's also a challenging and deeply satisfying set of music by a short-lived but gifted quartet." -Thom Jurek "All Music""