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Spanish Donkey, The (Morris / Saft / Pride): XYX (Northern Spy)

An odyssey in dark and stunning improvisation from the New York trio of Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, & Mike Pride, an exploration of sonic space that could only come out of the NY Downtown.
 

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UPC: 884501534536

Label: Northern Spy
Catalog ID: NS 009
Squidco Product Code: 14762

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded 2011 by Jamie Saft at Potterville.


Personnel:

Joe Morris-guitar

Jamie Saft-MiniMoog, Roland Jupiter 6, Roland SH-01, Korg Lambda, Korg CX3, Yamaha CS-01, bass guitar

Mike Pride-drums, percussion, nose whistle

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1. Mid-Evil 37:36

2. XYX 22:18




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"Any of the artists that form The Spanish Donkey (Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, Mike Pride) could create dictionaries of superlatives with praise their work has garnered. But as a cohesive unit, they surge forward into a new thesaurus, as a dream trampling through the woods on the edges of evening. Joe Morris' melodic improv guitar lines sketching out space where Jamie Saft's keyboards color in chromatic aberration nudged and prodded by Mike Pride's outside of time drumming. Three artists who have made careers of developing new sonic spaces, have formed a new place of exploration and imagination. It's the re-history of 21st century avant-jazz."-Northern Spy



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Artist Biographies:

"Joe Morris was born in New Haven, Connecticut on September 13, 1955. At the age of 12 he took lessons on the trumpet for one year. He started on guitar in 1969 at the age of 14. He played his first professional gig later that year. With the exception of a few lessons he is self-taught. The influence of Jimi Hendrix and other guitarists of that period led him to concentrate on learning to play the blues. Soon thereafter his sister gave him a copy of John Coltrane's OM, which inspired him to learn about Jazz and New Music. From age 15 to 17 he attended The Unschool, a student-run alternative high school near the campus of Yale University in downtown New Haven. Taking advantage of the open learning style of the school he spent most of his time day and night playing music with other students, listening to ethnic folk, blues, jazz, and classical music on record at the public library and attending the various concerts and recitals on the Yale campus. He worked to establish his own voice on guitar in a free jazz context from the age of 17. Drawing on the influence of Coltrane, Miles Davis, Cecil Taylor,Thelonius Monk, Ornette Coleman as well as the AACM, BAG, and the many European improvisers of the '70s. Later he would draw influence from traditional West African string music, Messian, Ives, Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Lyons, Steve McCall and Fred Hopkins. After high school he performed in rock bands, rehearsed in jazz bands and played totally improvised music with friends until 1975 when he moved to Boston.

Between 1975 and 1978 he 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.

He began playing acoustic bass in 2000 and has since performed with cellist Daniel Levin, Whit Dickey and recorded with pianist Steve Lantner.

He has lectured and conducted workshops trroughout the US and Europe. He is a former member of the faculty of Tufts University Extension College and is currently on the faculty at New England Conservatory in the jazz and improvisation department. He was nominated as Best Guitarist of the year 1998 and 2002 at the New York Jazz Awards."

-Joe Morris Website (http://www.joe-morris.com/biography.html)
5/25/2017

"Mike Pride: Percussionist • Composer • Vocalist • Visual Artist

Born and raised in Southern Maine, but based out of New York City since 2000, Mike Pride currently performs solo, leads modern-jazz quartet From Bacteria To Boys, the 7-drummer installation-band Drummer's Corpse, and the MDC piano trio I Hate Work. He also co-leads the ensembles Pulverize The Sound (w/ Peter Evans and Tim Dahl), and Period (w/ Charlie Looker and Chuck Bettis). Pride is renowned for his ability to excel in a wide range of genres and ensembles. He has worked with everyone from improvised music icon Anthony Braxton to punk legends Millions Of Dead Cops, toured extensively on four continents, appeared on more than 100 recordings, and is currently touring the world opening for comedian Amy Schumer with Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore.

A short list of his collaborators includes Mick Barr, Tim Berne, Boredoms, Eugene Chadbourne, Nels Cline, Andrew D'Angelo, Trevor Dunn, Dynamite Club, Peter Evans, Charles Gayle, Milford Graves, Drew Gress, Mary Halvorson, Curtis Hasselbring, Nona Hendryx, Jon Irabagon, Brad Jones, Haino Keiji, Kirk Knuffke, George Lewis, Frank Lowe, Bill McHenry, Tony Malaby, Sam Mickens, Butch Morris, Joe Morris, William Parker, Marc Ribot, Matana Roberts, Herb Robertson, Jamie Saft, Sonny Simmons, Craig Wedren, Nate Wooley, Otomo Yoshihide and John Zorn.

Pride's versatility doesn't end with his eclectic résumé as a popular sideman and leader/co-leader of many active ensembles spanning the worlds of modern-jazz, avant-rock, noise and doom metal improv. He is also a busy educator and clinician, a soundtrack composer for TV shows, video games, podcasts, independent films, and websites, and an experienced and exhibited visual artist.

Mike proudly uses Yamaha Drums & hardware, Vic Firth striking implements, and Humes & Berg Cases."

-Mike Pride Website (http://mikepride.com/about/)
5/25/2017

Other Releases With These Artists:
Perelman, Ivo / Joe Morris / Gerald Cleaver
The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 6
(Leo)
Bunda Love
beards and calves [2 CDs]
(Funhole Records)
Eloping with the Sun (William Parker / Morris / Drake)
Counteract This Turmoil Like Trees and Birds
(RogueArt)
Morris, Joe
Shock Axis
(Relative Pitch)
Perelman, Ivo / Joe Morris
Blue
(Leo)
Slobber Pup
Pole Axe [VINYL]
(Rarenoise Records)
McPhee / Saft / Morris / Downs
Ticonderoga
(Clean Feed)
Parker, Evan / Joe Morris / Nate Wooley
Ninth Square
(Clean Feed)
Kretzmer, Yoni 2Bass Quartet
Book II [2 CDs]
(OutNow Recordings)
Evans, Peter / Tim Dahl / Mike Pride
Pulverize The Sound
(Relative Pitch)
Pride, Mike
Listening Party
(Akord Records/Subkulturni Azil)
Morris, Joe
Mess Hall
(Hatology)
Morris, Joe / Chris Cretella
Storms
(Glacial Erratic)
Morris, Joe Quartet
Balance
(Clean Feed)
Mickens, Sam
Kayfabe: Lamb of G.O.D.
(Sam Mickens)
Siegel, Aaron
Science is Only a Sometimes Friend
(Lock Step Records)
Moritz, Jonathan Trio
Secret Tempo
(Hot Cup Records)
Slobber Pup
Black Aces [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Rarenoise Records)
Pride, Mike
Birthing Days
(Aum Fidelity)
Dynamite Club
Fusion Era
(Caminante)
Punkappella
Wake Up [7-inch VINYL]
(Front Rock)
Shipp, Matthew
Greatest Hits
(Thirsty Ear)
Perelman, Ivo / Joe Morris / Gerald Cleaver
Living Jelly
(Leo)
Haker-Flaten New York Quartet, Ingebrigt (McPhee / Wooley / Morris)
Now Is
(Clean Feed)
Petit, Didier - Alexandre Pierrepont
Passages - A Road Record: Woodstock - New York - Chicago - Los Angeles
(RogueArt)
Morris / Fernandez / Wooley
From The Discrete To The Particular
(Relative Pitch)
Morris, Joe
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
(Riti Publishing)
Morris, Joe Quartet
Graffiti In Two Parts
(RogueArt)
Kaplan Quartet, Noah with Joe Morris
Descendants
(Hatology)
SFE - Simon Fell Ensemble
Positions and Descriptions
(Clean Feed)
Morris, Joe
Wildlife Traits
(Riti Records)
Morris, Joe & Agusti Fernandez
Ambrosia
(Riti Records)
Shipp, Matthew
Duos with Mat Maneri & Joe Morris
(hatOLOGY)
Dynamite Club
it's deeper than most people actually think
(Funhole Records)
Bunda Love
mit Saft [DVD]
(Funhole Records)
Pride, Mike's Scene Fucker #5
The Ensemble Is An Electronic Device
(Public Eyesore)
Quivers / Chora
[VINYL]
(Ultramarine)
Kretzmer, Yoni Trio
Nevertheless
(Hopscotch Records)
Morris, Joe
Camera
(ESP)
Allen / Shipp / Morris
Night Logic
(RogueArt)
Morris, Joe / Nate Wooley
Tooth and Nail
(Clean Feed)
Stein, Jason's locksmith Isidore
Three Less Than Between
(Clean Feed)
Gonzalez, Dennis
Songs Of Early Autumn
(NoBusiness)
Morris, Joe
Colorfield
(ESP)
Morris, Joe
Wildlife
(Aum Fidelity)
Talibam!
Boogie in the Breeze Blocks
(ESP)
Flow Trio (Belogenis / Morris / Downs)
Rejuvenation
(ESP)
Lantner, Steve Quartet
Given - Live In Munster
(Hatology)
Morris, Joe / Barre Phillips
Elm City Duets 2006
(Clean Feed)
Morris, Joe Bass Quartet
High Definition
(Hatology)
Kalashnikov
Bang Bang
(Veal)
Right Hemisphere (Shipp / Brown / Morris / Dickey)
Right Hemisphere
(RogueArt)
Stein's Locksmith Isidore, Jason
A Calculus of Loss
(Clean Feed)
W.O.O.: Mambo Mantis
+1 -1
(Sweetstuff Media)
Braxton, Anthony / Morris, Joe
4 Improvisations (Duets) 2007
(Clean Feed)
Lantner Trio, Steve
What You Can Throw
(Hatology)
Morris, Joe / Vandermark, Ken / Gray, Luther
Rebus
(Clean Feed)
Dickey, Whit
Sacred Ground
(Clean Feed)
Gonzalez, Dennis
Boston Project
(Clean Feed)
Levin, Daniel Quartet
Some Trees
(Hatology)
Morris, Joe Quartet
Beautiful Existence
(Clean Feed)
d'Angelo, Andrew Trio
Morthana with Pride
(Doubtmusic)
Brown, Rob Quartet
Radiant Pools
(RogueArt)
Dickey, Whit
In a Heartbeat
(Clean Feed)
Maneri / Morris / Maneri
Out Right Now
(Hatology)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Perelman, Ivo / Joe Morris / Gerald Cleaver
The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 6
(Leo)
Bunda Love
beards and calves [2 CDs]
(Funhole Records)
Eloping with the Sun (William Parker / Morris / Drake)
Counteract This Turmoil Like Trees and Birds
(RogueArt)
Morris, Joe
Shock Axis
(Relative Pitch)
Perelman, Ivo / Joe Morris
Blue
(Leo)
McPhee / Saft / Morris / Downs
Ticonderoga
(Clean Feed)
Parker, Evan / Joe Morris / Nate Wooley
Ninth Square
(Clean Feed)
Kretzmer, Yoni 2Bass Quartet
Book II [2 CDs]
(OutNow Recordings)
Evans, Peter / Tim Dahl / Mike Pride
Pulverize The Sound
(Relative Pitch)
Pride, Mike
Listening Party
(Akord Records/Subkulturni Azil)
Morris, Joe Quartet
Balance
(Clean Feed)
Mickens, Sam
Kayfabe: Lamb of G.O.D.
(Sam Mickens)
Siegel, Aaron
Science is Only a Sometimes Friend
(Lock Step Records)
Moritz, Jonathan Trio
Secret Tempo
(Hot Cup Records)
Shipp, Matthew
Greatest Hits
(Thirsty Ear)
Perelman, Ivo / Joe Morris / Gerald Cleaver
Living Jelly
(Leo)
Haker-Flaten New York Quartet, Ingebrigt (McPhee / Wooley / Morris)
Now Is
(Clean Feed)
Petit, Didier - Alexandre Pierrepont
Passages - A Road Record: Woodstock - New York - Chicago - Los Angeles
(RogueArt)
Kaplan Quartet, Noah with Joe Morris
Descendants
(Hatology)
SFE - Simon Fell Ensemble
Positions and Descriptions
(Clean Feed)
Morris, Joe
Wildlife Traits
(Riti Records)
Morris, Joe & Agusti Fernandez
Ambrosia
(Riti Records)
Shipp, Matthew
Duos with Mat Maneri & Joe Morris
(hatOLOGY)
Dynamite Club
it's deeper than most people actually think
(Funhole Records)
Bunda Love
mit Saft [DVD]
(Funhole Records)
Pride, Mike's Scene Fucker #5
The Ensemble Is An Electronic Device
(Public Eyesore)

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