- Artist: Byron Morris
- Format: CD
- Release Date:7/8/2003
BY-MOR MUSIC's latest CD release (June 2003), features: Byron Morris, saxes flute, Hilton Ruiz, piano, Eddie Allen, trumpet, Gerald Pennington, trombone, Pepe Gonzalez, bass, Harold Summey, drums, with special guest artist; Imani, vocals & percussion. This CD recorded at BLUES ALLEY; Washington, DC's premier Jazz Music night club. The audience was wildly appreciative as they applauded, whistled, and screamed for the band. It's all there on the CD for you to enjoy. Byron Morris (soprano sax) Imani (vocal)on 'INCH WORM' really have something special going-on on this Frank Loesser tune. The entire band has something special to say musically on Bobby Watson's 'WHEEL WITHIN A WHEEL.' Hilton Ruiz, with his intensely rhythmic solos throughout these performances raises the excitement level in the club to another dimension. Eddie Allen, cooks with his ideas on trumpet. Gerald Pennington, gives Freddie Hubbard's 'CRISIS' a workout on trombone. Pepe Gonzalez (bass) and Harold Summey (drums) do the heavy lifting throughout all the performances. THE WASHINGTON POST, August 2003, Mike Joyce: 'Y2K,' the third and latest CD by saxophonist Byron Morris and Unity, is part celebration, part affirmation and part revelation. It's also thoroughly entertaining.' ALL MUSIC GUIDE (AMG),August 2003, Alex Henderson: 'UNITY Y2K,' the performance on this CD is swinging, passionate and enjoyable.' MAINE PUBLIC RADIO, October 2003, Ken Eisen, 'Prime Cuts': About 'UNITY Y2K.' 'The most vital jazz music in the world today is being made by artist like Byron Morris on their own labels.' PACIFICA RADIO, WPFW-FM, Washington, DC, October 2003, Askia Muhammad, 'Yard Bird Suites': 'UNITY Y2K, beautiful music! Great music! Toe tapping music! From Byron Morris and Unity.' JAZZTIMES MAGAZINE,December 2003, Ron Wynn: 'UNITY Y2K, Their sets (of music) are arresting, the exchanges steamy and the music has soul, heart and fire.' CADENCE MAGAZINE, December 2003, Derek Taylor: 'UNITY Y2K, with this generous package of gregariously rendered tunes Morris and his friends (Unity) supply convincing evidence of their shared primacy on the DC jazz scene.' THE ROANOKE (VA) TIMES, December 2003, Dr. Reginald Shareef: 'Unity Y2K, Is just an unbelievable live performance by Unity. My favorite song on the CD is 'Inch Worm' a captivating and cautionary warning for those of us totally enmeshed in our 'go-go' society to slow down and reconnect with our inner selves.' JAZZTIMES MAGAZINE CRITICS' PICKS 2003 for the top CDs of the year: Tom Terrell, Music Critic picks 'UNITY Y2K' in his Top Ten Picks for 2003. PACIFICA RADIO, WPFW-FM, Washington, DC, January 2004, Rick Bolling, 'Rolling With Bolling': 'UNITY Y2K, My Man Byron Morris continues to bring forth great music and musicians to help him stir the pot of unity! I hope that you are listening, because I have since 1968...' ALL ABOUT JAZZ PAPER, April 2004, Germein Linares: 'UNITY Y2K, as such, thrills are always at the forefront of this music, with the members carrying a propulsive straight-ahead swing which exudes good taste.' JAZZ IMPROV MAGAZINE, December 2004, Winthrop Bedford: 'Y2K features Byron Morris and a host of fine musicians, and is peppered with toe-tapping Latin grooves.' Morris is one of those people for whom being part of creating music in this genre is a lifelong commitment. He has a deep feeling for this music, and a marvelous enthusiasm for it. Morris' own investment in playing and promoting jazz, makes a contribution to the continuity of the music.' Own all three Byron Morris and Unity CDs, you can have them now just call 1-800-289-6923. DO IT NOW!!
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