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William Parker/Joe Morris/Hamid Drake: Eloping With the Sun

Guitarist Joe Morris’ recently revived Riti label recently turned out a few limited-edition releases. Whether or not Morris kick-started the old label to document his nascent multi-instrumentalist activities is up for conjecture, but it sure seems like it: three recent CDs feature Morris on different instruments.

Eloping With the Sun (Riti) finds not just Morris but also William Parker and Hamid Drake setting aside their regular instruments for folkier doubles. Drake and Parker lay the foundation with the frame drum and zintir, respectively. Morris trades his electric guitar for the pinched, percussive twang of the banjo and banjouke. The instrumentation gives the group an earthier, more rustic sound-some imaginary space between Appalachian folk and Middle Eastern drone-which they feature at length on several long, repetitive pieces. Bits of conversation in the background of a few songs allude to the casual nature of the recording, which sounds as if recorded by the trio while sitting cross-legged on the floor. Morris has plenty of solo space on the disc, as Drake and Parker content themselves with setting a groove and sticking with it for minutes on end. The heart of the music is Drake and Parker’s slowly evolving rhythms, however, which leaves Morris standing off to the side.

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