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Joe Morris @ The Stone Through the 31


An inspired improviser with an approach to the guitar both well-formulated and idiosyncratic, Joe Morris spent the last three decades refining creative ideas, playing in myriad instrumental situations, and earning what serves as fame on the free jazz scene. Now he’s written a book, Perpetual Frontier: The Properties of Free Music, which explains the quantifiable aspects of what’s oft-considered a mysterious music – “a methodology that can be used to construct a methodology,” says the bandleader and New England Conservatory teacher. The 27 gigs he’s curated at the Stone for the next two weeks will likely reveal the essence of the tome’s tenets. His current cohort stretches from Boston to Barcelona with a variety of characters uniting to make everything from doom skronk (Spanish Donkey) to chamber-prov (Ultra) to ye olde free-bop (Bass Quartet). Need an extended portrait of one man’s provocative vision? Here it is.

JoMo On The Cut

“We’re dealing with formulated abstraction rendered in a way that is, hopefully, palatable to anybody. At least over time. And it’s proven itself to be true, because if you listen to Louis Armstrong – man, anybody can like that. Little kids can listen to that. You listen to Monk now – my grandmother would like that. Coltrane – who wouldn’t like that? You can sit there drinking white wine, listening to Coltrane, and be mellow. Over time these things age. They’re completely normal, they’re part of nature. Given the course of time, it all makes sense. And I think some other stuff that’s more critically-based style-mongering – that stuff rots in a heartbeat and just sits on a shelf. People listen to bad rock and roll from the ’80s with a sense of nostalgia but it doesn’t elevate you. It’s nostalgia.” – Joe Morris speaking with Ken Vandermark