Many Rings is an album by the American jazz guitarist Joe Morris, recorded in 1999 and released on the Knitting Factory label. He leads an experimental quartet featuring bassoonist Karen Borca, saxophonist Rob Brown and accordionist Andrea Parkins.[1]

Many Rings
Studio album by
RecordedFebruary 5, 1999
StudioKnitting Factory Recording Studios, New York City
LabelKnitting Factory
ProducerJoe Morris
Joe Morris chronology
Deep Telling
Many Rings

Reception edit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz    [3]

In his review for AllMusic, Alex Henderson states: "This is hardly a session in which the quartet states the theme and the players take turns blowing--when Morris is soloing, you never know who will jump in and respond with some blowing of his or her own."[2]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz observes that "the title piece is the most convincing representation of its unconventional sonority, and some care has been taken to register all the elements with something like democracy."[3]

In his review for JazzTimes, Larry Appelbaum states: "Everything is rooted in the improviser's collective ability to listen and create spontaneous harmony, pulse and structure."[4]

Track listing edit

All compositions by Joe Morris
  1. "Drawn to the Magnet" – 5:52
  2. "Many Rings" – 14:25
  3. "First Appearance" – 4:25
  4. "Chapel Level" – 10:35
  5. "Motion to the Air" – 3:28
  6. "Situation to Be In" – 5:15
  7. "Small Cycle" – 11:06
  8. "Blue Spots Here" – 7:31

Personnel edit

References edit

  1. ^ Joe Morris discography by Rick Lopez
  2. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. Joe Morris – Many Rings: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. pp. 948. ISBN 978-0-141-02327-4.
  4. ^ Appelbaum, Larry. Many Rings review at JazzTimes