Peggy Morris is a composer, dancer, singer and multi-instrumentalist.
With husband Bob and drummer Chris Ceja, she has already
released two albums (in 1996 and 1998) under the name Morris Code.
Peggy and Bob
toured for over a decade with dance and show bands throughout the U.S.
and parts of Canada and Europe, honing the live skills that have made
them a popular act in Cleveland.
album “Code a la Mode” was released at the end of 2002 and already
another exciting project – involving the collaboration of musicians
on both sides of the Atlantic – is complete.
There are guys from Ohio, New York, Argentina, Germany and
Italy. It’s a truly
international contemporary jazz statement.
The opener Heavenly
Love is a light-hearted vocal tribute to some of jazz’s finest.
The vocal is sweet but this lady really shines when she picks
up the flute. It’s a pretty song which takes a couple of plays to grab
this site you can read about the music of Argentinian guitarist Daniel
Martina. On Movimientos
del Paraná you’ll hear not only his talent as co-writer but his
exquisite semi-acoustic sound. Peggy’s
soprano sax is joyous – this song is really classy.
Me gusta mucho – I really like it!
The mood is
more sombre for the thoughtful Who I Want to Be.
Co-writer Mathias Claus paints a very elaborate background on
piano then the dancing flute returns.
I like Peggy Morris’s sound as much as any flautist I’ve
heard – that includes my heroes Dave Valentin, Hubert Laws and Kent
Jordan. It’s a very
well engineered sound too.
sentiments but a wackier, funkier backdrop on Who Am I.
Claus’s keyboards are “out there” but that gritty sax
stays out in front. The
rocky guitar solo strays a little too far from the path for me.
It’s a disjointed sound, which comes as a shock after the
Oh, but the
mellow Latin groove of Sneek’n brings the smile back.
Husband Bob is on bass and Chris Ceja does just what’s needed
on drums. The whole sound
is very together. I love
the bass solos and the clean soprano sax – it’s joyous, that’s
the only word I can use. Great
piano, great percussion too – the song really has it all.
The backing to I
Love You More comes from the bass of New Yorker Bill Lawrence.
Peggy stretches out vocally and hits some high notes.
This bass/vocal duet is original and should have done it for me
– but I didn’t really get involved…
It’s time for
husband and wife to really throw down on Thank You.
This song (with its full title of Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) has been
performed by Sly Stone and Maceo Parker, so you can see where
they’re coming from. Now
I’m involved! Bob’s
bass gets down and funky and his keyboards produce all kinda crazy
‘70’s sounds in the background.
Comparisons with Candy Dulfer will be inevitable because Peggy
struts like crazy on this number.
That flute, though, that flute just floats blissfully over the
top of it all. The
high-register, layered chant vocal really works for me on this funk
As a vocalist,
Peggy Morris is pleasant to listen to, as a sax player she’s
energetic and involving. On
the flute, she’s positively inspired and it’s exciting to think of
the fantastic music we can expect from her, from Morris Code and from
other collaborations in the future.
The energy that her main band produce in their Cleveland shows
clearly transfers to the studio – this lady’s career will be one
MoCode Records – cat
no. MCD7404 – Producers Peggy Morris/Bob Morris