Joe Morris fits into the mainstream jazz guitar scene like a piranha in a kiddie pool. The Boston-based guitarist is not one of those feels-so-good stylists, coughing up borrowed commercial cliches; he’s developing his own vocabulary and syntax, and telling stories in his own voice. It’s no surprise that Morris is the guitarist of choice for creative improvisers like William Parker, Matthew Shipp and Joe Maneri. Morris’ own recordings, with various groups on assorted labels, show what can happen when you combine idiosyncratic personal expression with extended techniques and imagination.
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