Joe Morris/Ben Hall Duo @ BOP STOP
When Jun 20, 2017, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
We invite you to partake in a full evening of experimental jazz!
At 7pm we host Joe Morris(guitar) & Ben Hall (percussion) with guests Latkovich:Kolodij:Tomino:Wenninger Quartet. This show is $20. Following this performance we will be hosting Outlab, our monthly experimental jam session which is a free event.
Between 1975 and 1978 Joe was active on the Boston creative music scene as a soloist as well as in various groups from duos to large ensembles. He composed music for his first trio in 1977. In 1980 he traveled to Europe where he performed in Belgium and Holland. When he returned to Boston he helped to organize the Boston Improvisers Group (BIG) with other musicians. Over the next few years through various configurations BIG produced two festivals and many concerts. In 1981 he formed his own record company, Riti, and recorded his first LpWraparound with a trio featuring Sebastian Steinberg on bass and Laurence Cook on drums. Riti records released four more LPs and CDs before 1991. Also in 1981 he began what would be a six year collaboration with the multi-instrumentalist Lowell Davidson, performing with him in a trio and a duo. During the next few years in Boston he performed in groups which featured among others; Billy Bang, Andrew Cyrille, Peter Kowald, Joe McPhee, Malcolm Goldstein, Samm Bennett, Lawrence "Butch" Morris and Thurman Barker. Between 1987 and 1989 he lived in New York City where he performed at the Shuttle Theater, Club Chandelier, Visiones, Inroads, Greenwich House, etc. as well as performing with his trio at the first festival Tea and Comprovisation held at the Knitting Factory.
In 1989 he returned to Boston. Between 1989 and 1993 he performed and recorded with his electric trio Sweatshop and electric quartet Racket Club. In 1994 he became the first guitarist to lead his own session in the twenty year history of Black Saint/Soulnote Records with the trio recording Symbolic Gesture. Since 1994 he has recorded for the labels ECM, Hat Hut, Leo, Incus, Okka Disc, Homestead, About Time, Knitting Factory Works, No More Records, AUM Fidelity and OmniTone and Avant. He has toured throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe as a solo and as a leader of a trio and a quartet. Since 1993 he has recorded and/or performed with among others; Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Joe and Mat Maneri, Rob Brown, Raphe Malik, Ivo Pearlman, Borah Bergman, Andrea Parkins, Whit Dickey, Ken Vandermark, DKV Trio, Karen Borca, Eugene Chadborne, Susie Ibarra, Hession/Wilkinson/Fell, Roy Campbell Jr., John Butcher, Aaly Trio, Hamid Drake, Fully Celebrated Orchestra and others.
"One of the most profound improvisors at work in the U.S."
WILL MONTGOMERY, THE WIRE
"If Ornette Coleman were Jim Hall, he would be Joe Morris."
GARY GIDDINS, THE VILLAGE VOICE
"… the guitar revolutionary to pay attention to."
NORMAN WEINSTEIN, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
"… 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
"… the future of the instrument."
BEN WATSON, HI FI NEWS
"… he sounds like no one else."
ART LANGE, THE WIRE