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Joe Morris Relaunches Riti Records With Two New Releases

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Riti records - which was started by guitarist Joe Morris in 1983 - is releasing its first new recordings since 1992. Age of Everything (RITICD004) by Joe Morris, and Saying So (RITICD005) by pianist Steve Lantner will be released on July 2, 2002.

Through a special arrangement, Riti recordings will be distributed by AUM Fidelity. Distribution Contact: [email protected] ph: 718-369-0913 fx: 718-369-0981

Age of Everything marks a breakthrough in the extensive recorded body of work by guitarist Joe Morris. Marking time with unique inventions of rhythmic and melodic precision presented with a level of sheer velocity unmatched in the recent batch of jazz releases. Morris leads the way on this recording to an altogether new place in the history of guitar and the jazz trio. Anchored by the phenomenal playing of Timo Shanko on bass and Luther Gray on drums, Age of Everything works like a suite that grooves hard and sings with a collective driving soulfulness, the most modern kind of energy, and a timeless depth of spirit.

Saying So is the debut on a US label for pianist Steve Lantner. It is also his first in a standard jazz setting-a classic piano trio with Laurence Cook on drums and Joe Morris who makes his recording debut on acoustic bass. Lantner's previous two recordings on the Leo label out of the U.K were critically acclaimed for their originality and overall musicality. Each displayed his unique improvisational style and his connection to the musical concepts of Mat Maneri, who appeared on Reaching, and Joe Maneri who performed with Lantner on Voices Lowered.

Forthcoming Riti records (in Autumn of 2002) include a new session led by drummer Whit Dickey, and a collaborative session from William Parker/Joe Morris/Hamid Drake.

The original five Riti Records releases are still available through North Country Distributors, and via mail order direct from RITI records: [email protected] or 203-494-7306

Riti Records
P.O. Box 3006
Stony Creek, CT
06405-1606

Publicity Contact: [email protected]

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