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“I’m glad that Ultra demanded revision. I am the now the organizer not the composer. The music was made with equal contributions from all of us. To me, Ultra is free of the contrivance that often plagues this kind of attempt, and that allows the listener to determine its meaning and value. I speak for the group when I say that we hope the music surprises and inspires you.
June 2017 ”
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.”
Joe Morris Trio
Mêlée + Joe Morris
“There are moments of intimacy, of direct emotional delivery, and moments of stress and distress, of darkness, signs of an upcoming storm. That doesn't come. Only the tension before it. There is no real power either. And no sweetness. It gets you out of your comfort zone. Yet you want to hear it again, and again, and again. And that's usually the only yardstick that counts. A new musical experience."
-Stef "Free Jazz Blog" 2009”
No Business Records
“In purposeful ambiguity, one is reminded, perhaps, of the solo piano work of Andrew Hill as well as some of Morris’ own guitar soli. Ultimately, Sensor is an intimate portrait of Joe Morris the musician, allowing one to forget for a moment the specific state of the axe."
-Clifford Thomas "Tiny Mix Tapes" 2011”
The Spanish Donkey
“The album is a less about the individual voices as it is the dark and foreboding movement of sound. It's at once sludgy, defiant, nuanced and textured. The shapes of the sounds are as important as the notes themselves which, like on the track 'Behavioral Sink' rises from the slash of Saft's organ and the metallic clang of Morris' guitar."
-Paul Acquaro (Free Jazz Blog)”
“Slobber Pup can command all elements of jazz, rock, and blues since the big band. There is something very appealing about this anarchy of noise that makes this "music" vital. It exists as a wakeup call for all who have been hypnotized into an artificial slumber of safety and contentment, and all the while the wolves are barking to get in..."
- C. MICHAEL BAILEY "All About Jazz" (2015)”
Perpetual Frontier Properties of Free Music
“The book is more than welcome, because it offers a kind of foundational explanation of what 'free music' is, and then in an almost academic fashion. Morris presents "The Properties Of Free Music", a description of the constituents and building blocks of the music, with definitions of the known ingredients like melody, harmony, rhythm and their absence and their alternatives. He describes the conceptual methods and systems that musicians can use in establishing their sound, the essence of what musicians try to achieve, and they can do that through synthesis, interpretation and invention, by using known forms or by creating new ones. He writes about musical platforms, about interaction, about open forms, templates and layering, about melodic structure. He explores four theoretical frameworks of free form in a little more depth : Ornette Coleman's 'harmolodics', Cecil Taylor's 'unit structures', Anthony Braxton's 'tri-axiom theory', and European Free Improvisation
A very valuable book that will be of interest to many musicians and fans of free music."
- Stef "Free Jazz Blog" 2013”