What the reviewers say about Joe Morris
Quartet: Underthru (OmniTone 11904)
his best album yet, the remarkable avant-garde guitarist
strikes a perfect balance between airiness and gravity,
fluidity and thrust, maintaining an ongoing sense of
anticipation with his continually expanding melodies."
—Lloyd Sachs, Chicago
Sun Times (6 February 2000)
- Top 5
Jazz Pick of 1999. "[Morris] employs
elasticity and groovy angularity to great effect.... Call
it chamber jazz with sharp edges."
—Nate Chinen, Philadelphia
City Paper (30 Dec 1999)
Joe Morris' music is all about process. Whether
he's playing his usual ferocious, understated, open-ended
style of flatpicking, where all members of the band
are encouraged to contribute or simply listen ... his
sound is unique and always about what lies just around
the corner.... [Maneri and Morris] suggest a
simpatico that ... reminds me of the union of Django
Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Morris
and Maneri are two very talented musical minds acting
as one. Reason enough to chase down a copy of Underthru."
—John Ephland, Down
Beat (April 2000)
and violinist Matt Maneri recall Eric Dolphy with Booker
Little. Such interplay provides the band's modus operandi."
—Nate Chinen, Philadelphia
City Paper (28 Oct 1999)
most surprising of the new Morris offerings ... Underthru swings
and grooves and leaves a lot of space for interaction. Underthru should
certainly win Morris some new fans."
—Larry Applebaum, JazzTimes (April
listeners who want to get to grips with the quite difficult
Morris-Maneri ethos, Underthru is an excellent
place to start."
—Andy Hamilton, Jazz
Review Magazine (October 2000)
is certainly not groove-oriented music in the same
way as soul jazz, but Morris's approach on Underthru is
to lock into a rhythmic framework and explore an often
stark mix of clean, precisely hit guitar notes and
more slurry, but still pointed, violin strokes. Morris
hits all his notes with unerring perfection, even those
he intentionally skewers. And the quartet moves
as a unit at all times, never leaving the tunes or
its members outside the tight-knit community."
—Andrew Bartlett, Amazon
Morris is the man who's made the electric guitar relevant
to new jazz at the turn of the century....the music
[on Underthru] is full of fascinating inner
—Ed Hazell, Jazziz (February
slightly different perspective ... this recording may
open up a few more doors for Morris and his band ...
for the uninitiated, Morris and Maneri are among the
finest improvisers on the planet.... There's a little
for everyone here while Joe Morris and co. not only
journey to the outer limits of modern jazz but also
uncover new and fertile territory along the way. Recommended. "
—Glenn Astaria, AllAboutJazz.com