Described by Chicago Reader as “casually clearing the way for one potential path for jazz to progress into the future”, Chris Morrisey is a musician with an uncanny ability to blend styles and genres. Informed as much by alternative music of the 90s like Elliot Smith and Bjork as contemporary Jazz of that era, it was the presence of Happy Apple, the hyper original punk Jazz group from Minnesota (Dave King, Michael Lewis and Erik Fratzke) that installed his sense of what was possible in music.
This new set of work, his fifth record as a leader, represents his most authentic blend of all his influences in one melting pot. Here’s a musician as adept as a singer-songwriter as an improvising Jazz musician and composer.
With Impact Winter Formal, he gives up on straddling two genre worlds and instead has both feet firmly planted in a totally new one that is personal and looking-forward, complex but immediate, tuneful and inspiring. The result is brilliant, engaging and emotive featuring some of the most interesting and creative contemporary musicians in New York including Philip Dizack, Ryan Ferreira, Dan Rieser, Jon Cowherd, Josh Dion, Grey McMurray and Jason Rigby.
released December 3, 2021
Chris Morrissey - Bass and Singing
Philip Dizack - Trumpet
Ryan Ferreira - Guitar
Dan Rieser - Drums
Jon Cowherd, Piano
except on THE INDIGOS, which is Chris Morrissey, Bass and Singing - Philip Dizack, Trumpet - Josh Dion, Drums - Grey McMurray, Guitar - Jason Rigby, Saxophone
All songs by Chris Morrissey (chris morrissey music, bmi)
Recorded at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, New York between February 2019 and April 2021
Recorded and co-produced by John Davis
Mixed by John Davis at The Bunker Studio in April 2021
Chris Morrissey was born in Minnesota, and lives in New York City. He writes hooky high brow music using equal parts heart and brain that lovers of Elvis Costello and The Bad Plus might use to finally find themselves on common ground. FINALLY.
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Pretty much everything. The playing is incredible and the compositions lovely. But most of all I love the intensity of listening, joy and collaboration that oozes from every piece. Three of today's finest jazz musicians who were clearly thirsting for live co-creation and pull off a masterpiece on this album. tjsimon1