JOE MORRIS QUARTET
Beautiful Existence

[Clean Feed Records, www.cleenfeed-records.com]

Before switching to bass about five years ago, Joe Morris had a special relationship with the guitar. His main axe gave his listeners hours and hours of great music - something to really rave about. After a pair of bass records on SkyCap [Natural History's "Fur" and Steve Lantner "Blue Yonder"], he returns in full glory to his chosen axe with "Beautiful Existence". While I had issues with some of his more angular work in the past [especially records that densely packed a big punch], this release is Joe Morris turned upside down. Sure, the record starts off with a late 70's Ornette Coleman-like piece "Smear Spring" [Morris playing harmolodics, while Jim Hobbs squeaking his way on alto, almost as if in some sort of a race], but otherwise, it's "smooth" sailing. I'd never quite heard Morris in such an overtly retrospective mood. With its thick and poignant guitar licks, "Some Good" is reminiscent of Sonny Sharrock just before his untimely death on "Ask The Ages". Meanwhile, percussionist Luther Gray plays it light with the gentlest strokes on the high hats. Bassist Timo Shanko feeds off Morris' leads well and the sound is not too bottom heavy to boot. The longish title track features Morris' signature snappy picking, while Shanko hastily tries to keep pace with the leader. Even though all pieces are Morris compositions, every single moment feels free and each member is given ample opportunity to show off their abundant skills. Can't remember last time I enjoyed a jazz guitar record this much. Let's only hope "Beautiful Existence" is a binding contract between Joe Morris and his first-chosen axe.

- Tom Sekowski


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