Through more than two decades of tireless activity, Joe Morris has become free jazz’s preeminent guitarist. In 2000 he added acoustic bass to his arsenal, and he plays it exclusively in Natural History, his trio with saxophonist Joe Sexton and drummer Croix Galipault–both 30 years younger than Morris. Any notions that Morris chose his partners out of fear that more seasoned collaborators would expose his own bass inexperience are quickly dispelled. Sexton and Galipault are highly skilled players, and Morris’ bass prowess is nearly equal to his guitar expertise.
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