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A Cloud of Black Birds

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Released  1998
Length  57:15
Release date  1998
Label  AUM Fidelity
Recorded  June 26, 1998
A Cloud of Black Birds (1998)  Deep Telling (1999)
Producer  Joe Morris
Genre  Jazz
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Studio  PBS Studios, Westwood, MA
Artists  Joe Morris, Joe Morris Quartet
Similar  At the Old Office, Colorfield, Three Men Walking, Eloping with the Sun, Age of Everything

Joe morris quartet threshold from a cloud of black birds 1998

A Cloud of Black Birds is an album by American jazz guitarist Joe Morris, which was recorded in 1998 and released on the AUM Fidelity label. It features a quartet with bassist Chris Lightcap, violinist Mat Maneri and drummer Jerome Deupree.



In his review for AllMusic, David R. Adler states "The music is intense and challenging, but it has a certain airiness." The Penguin Guide to Jazz notes that "Reunion with Maneri sparks off a lot of shared experience, and their interaction, notably on the duo 'Renascent', is close, intelligent and thoroughly sympathetic." The JazzTimes review by Harvey Pekar says that "Morris' solos have an angular quality. He plays both flurries of notes and spare phrases during which he's thinking from interval to interval, trying to make the shape of his lines as distinctive as possible."

Track listing

All compositions by Joe Morris except as indicated
  1. "Threshold" – 10:54
  2. "Mesmeric" (Morris, Lightcap, Maneri, Deupree) – 8:06
  3. "A Cloud of Black Birds" – 8:48
  4. "Emblem" – 8:54
  5. "Renascent" (Morris, Maneri) – 4:07
  6. "Radiant Flux" – 9:52
  7. "Take Place" (Morris, Lightcap, Maneri, Deupree) – 6:34


  • Joe Morris - guitar
  • Chris Lightcap – bass
  • Mat Maneri – violin
  • Jerome Deupree – drums
  • Songs

    1ThresholdChris Lightcap - Mat Maneri - Jerome Deupree10:56
    2MesmericChris Lightcap - Mat Maneri - Jerome Deupree8:10
    3A Cloud Of Black BirdsChris Lightcap - Mat Maneri - Jerome Deupree8:51


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