October Releases On AUM Fidelity: Darius Jones Trio & Joe Morris Quartet

July 22, 2009
Darius Jones live at Vision Festival XIV by John Sharpe

Darius Jones live at Vision Festival XIV by John Sharpe

On October 13th, AUM Fidelity will release the Darius Jones Trio’s Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (AUM057) and the Joe Morris Quartet’s Today On Earth (AUM058).

The first is alto saxophonist/composer Darius Jones‘ debut recording as a leader and features frequent collaborators Cooper-Moore (piano and diddley-bo) and Rakalam Bob Moses (drums). The other is the second release from guitarist/composer Joe Morris‘ quartet featuring Jim Hobbs (alto saxophone), Timo Shanko (bass) and Luther Gray (drums), and the third AUM Fidelity release this year to feature Morris in a prominent role.

Man’ish Boy is a sonic tone poem about me and my life growing up in the South,” Jones explains. “Music was a part of my life from the very beginning and my musical development was very organic. I was always encouraged to be an individual and to find my own voice. The concept of singing never left my musical ideas and there is nothing like the organic and soulful nature of the human voice. I wanted every melody to have a vocal quality to it. When I thought about other musicians that had a deep, organic soulful concept as well, I immediately thought of Bob Moses and Cooper-Moore. They have both developed a singular concept of sound and creativity on their instruments, and the amount of knowledge and experience they have is priceless.”

Jones came to New York from his native Virginia in 2005 and has since displayed his distinctive sound and composing style in a wide variety of genres. In addition to his working trio with bassist Adam Lane and drummer Jason Nazary, which appears here on a special bonus track, he actively performs with Lewis Barnes’ Hampton Roads, the Cooper-Moore Trio, William Hooker’s Bliss (East), Little Women, Mike Pride’s From Bacteria to Boys and Mara Rosenbloom’s Arrival Quartet. He is also a teacher and producer of records by Korean jazz vocalist Sunny Kim and country-folk artist Mary Bragg. Learn more at http://www.myspace.com/blackdajones

Morris follows-up July 2009’s Wildlife (AUM056), his first recording for AUM Fidelity as a bassist, with a return to guitar on Today On Earth featuring the four year-old Joe Morris Quartet. The group traces its history back to 2002 when Morris, Shanko and Gray recorded their trio debut, Age of Everything, for Morris’ own Riti Records. Three became four when Hobbs, Shanko’s longtime collaborator in The Fully Celebrated, was added to the mix for 2005’s Beautiful Existence (Clean Feed). Today on Earth features seven new compositions written specifically for this band. “I always write to the players I’m working with,” Morris explains. “I choose players who can do what I think I want to do, and who push me to play differently. These guys do both.”

A self-taught musician, Morris has forged his own distinctive path as a guitarist for more than three decades. Critics have called him “the preeminent free music guitarist of his generation” (DownBeat), “one of the most profound improvisers at work in the U.S.” (Will Montgomery, The Wire) and “the most exciting guitarist working in the jazz tradition” (Ed Hazell, Boston Phoenix). Since 2002, he has also impressed critics and musicians alike in numerous projects as an acoustic bassist, ushering in the most prolific era of his career. Since the beginning of 2008, he has appeared on nearly 20 recordings, including collaborations with such notable artists as Anthony Braxton, Hamid Drake, William Parker, Barre Phillips, Matthew Shipp and David S. Ware. Learn more at http://www.aumfidelity.com/morris.html