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Front cover of the album COMBINATIONS
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Joe Morris
Tomeka Reid

“Joe Morris’ and Tomeka Reid’s album is a challenge and argument for future, and more frequent, cello and guitar duo explorations”

Joe Morris: guitar
Tomeka Reid: cello

Are You Ready? (2:13)
Chicago (10:15)
Together Yet Always Apart (4:02)
Parallax Strolls (2:50)
Percussive Play (7:51)
New York (6:58)
In the Mid Ground (5:57 ) Play Talking Drums (1:53)
Skim the Surface and Plunge the Depths (4:36)
Rainbow Gladiator (4:36)

All compositions by Joe Morris (RITI, ASCAP) and Tomeka Reid (Peoples Child Music, ASCAP) except “Chicago” and “New York” by Leroy Jenkins and “Rainbow Gladiator” by Billy Bang

Recorded by Aaron Neverzie on December 9th 2018 at The Bunker, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Mixing: Aaron Neverzie
Mastering: Greg DiCrosta, Firehouse 12, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Liner notes: David Brown
Photograph: Kyoko Kitamura
Cover design: Max Schoendorff
Cover realization: David Bourguignon
Executive producer: Michel Dorbon


Joe Morris and Tomeka Reid offer a few new “standards” that are the fulcrum between a set of prepared instrument pieces where it is difficult to recognize either instrument and attention is absorbed by the overall density and character of sound, and a set notable for its sparseness as both Reid and Morris play primarily independent lines. Within that set, the effect, most apparent in the rare moments in which one musician briefly acknowledges the other then shifts onto a new independent line, is a tautness in which the listener’s attention wavers from line to line as each musician’s line can be foreground or background, solo or accompaniment, to the other’s line.