Joe Morris


Joe Morris returns both to the guitar and to ESP-Disk' with the long form improvisation album 'Colorfield'. Much as the Colorfield painters simplified their compositions to evoke emotion with color, this trio emphasizes harmony, phrase, tempo and rhythm to electrifiying results. Morris has been called the preeminent American jazz guitarist of our time, and on 'Colorfield' his playing is characteristically intense, eloquent, and melodic. The ranks of the trio are filled out by two of the most talented and skillful Free Musicians on the scene today, Steve Lantner and Luther Gray. Lantner's soloing on this recording has a state-of-the-art fluidity, energy, shape and dynamic variety while Luther Gray, a master of the school of Free Music drumming, provides a constantly shifting but still driving groove that punctuates each moment with precision and invention. To see musicians of this caliber fuse their talents to create an original, dense and deeply contemplative work such as 'Colorfield' is extraordinary. As a result, the album gets better with every listen.


Joe Morris - guitar
Steve Lantner - piano
Luther Gray - drums

Track Listing

1.Transparent6:522.Silver Sun13:423.Purple Distant13:394.Blue Orange Curves15:53

All songs/words by Joe Morris

Press Quotes

"[Colorfield] asks more of the listener than Morris’ comparatively streamlined quartet recordings on Hatology and Aum Fidelity. But just as you’ll only perceive a painting’s subtle variations of tone and hue after extended contemplation, the closer you listen, the more Colorfield’s music deepens, expands and ultimately envelops you." - Bill Meyer, Downbeat

"One of two new recordings featuring Joe on the guitar. The new quartet date on Aum Fidelity is excellent as well. But this one, in a trio with Steve Lantner on piano and Luther Gray on drums, is a bit more wide open and gives a great opportunity to hear Joe not only solo but dig into some nice group interplay with his partners." - Pat Frisco

"One of the most profound improvisors at work in the U.S." - Will Montgomery, The Wire

"... the most exciting and original jazz plucker to emerge in the last decade" - John Corbett, Downbeat

"... a guitarist whose sound is completely his own, oscillating between deadpan sweetness and dangerous, shrapnel-like caprice." - K. Leander Williams, The Village Voice

"... he sounds like no one else." - Art Lange, The Wire

Upcoming Live Dates

Joe Morris 
June 26 @ Outpost 186 - Cambridge, Massachusetts w/ Steve Lantner Quartet
July 10 @ ESP-Disk' Albert Ayler Festival - Roosevelt Island, NY w/ Flow Trio 

Steve Lantner 
June 26 @ Outpost 186 - Cambridge, Massachusetts w/ Steve Lantner Quartet
July 24 @ Outpost 186 - Cambridge, Massachusetts solo piano
October 18 @ Outpost 186 - Cambridge, Massachusetts solo piano

Luther Gray 
June 26 @ Outpost 186 - Cambridge, Massachusetts w/ Steve Lantner Quarter
June 28 @ Outpost 186 - Cambridge, Massachusetts w/ David Maxwell Quintet

Musicians: Joe Morris / Steve Lantner / Luther Gray

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Compact Disk In Digipack with liner notes First record as bandleader on ESP
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