"It's in the more naked, completely vulnerable environs of the duo—where the need for musical trust is, perhaps, at its most crucial—that the profound chemistry shared by these two thoroughly synchronized players becomes even clearer."
" Intimate, beautiful and deep, while at the same time knotty, witty and curiously skewed"
John Kelman - Allaboutjazz.com, May 2017 - https://www.allaboutjazz.com/bill-frisell-thomas-morgan-small-town-by-john-kelman.php
Small Town is a master class in chemistry, creativity and the joy of making music for no other sake.
Michael Toland - Blurt, June 1, 2017 - http://blurtonline.com/review/bill-frisellthomas-morgan-small-town/
Bill Frisell: guitar
Thomas Morgan: double bass
Small Town presents guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan in a program of duets, the poetic chemistry of their playing captured live at New York’s hallowed Village Vanguard.
Frisell made his debut as a leader for ECM in 1983 with the similarly intimate In Line. The guitarist’s rich history with the label also includes multiple recordings by his iconic cooperative trio with Paul Motian and Joe Lovano, culminating in Time and Time Again in 2007. Small Town begins with a tribute to Motian in the form of a searching, 11-minute interpretation of the late drummer’s composition “It Should’ve Happened a Long Time Ago,” the duo’s counterpoint yielding a hushed power.
Morgan has appeared on several ECM albums of late, as bassist of choice for Tomasz Stanko, Jakob Bro, David Virelles, Giovanni Guidi and Masabumi Kikuchi. Small Town sees Frisell and Morgan pay homage to jazz elder Lee Konitz with his “Subconscious Lee,” and there are several country/blues-accented Frisell originals, including the hauntingly melodic title track. The duo caps the set with an inimitable treatment of John Barry’s famous James Bond theme “Goldfinger.”
Tickets: $33 in advance / $36 at door / $10 full-time student with ID