city of Cleveland, Ohio has more reasons then one to celebrate
these days; contemporary jazz moguls Morris Code have released
a new album titled “Nothin’ But A Daydream”. Founding
members Bob & Peggy Morris collaborates once again
to share another taste of vibrant and energetic grooves to satisfy the
core of contemporary jazz lovers.
Players: Peggy Morris ~ Alto, Soprano, Tenor, Baritone Saxes,
Flute and Vocals, Bob Morris ~ Bass Guitar and Keyboards, Chris Ceja ~
Drums with guest appearances by Mathias Claus ~ Keyboards on
“How’s The Weather”, Martin Ferenzi ~ Keyboards on “My
Favorite Martin and Someday”, Adam Faulk ~ Piano solo on “Sweet
Love” and Organ on “Juicy Flute”, Carmen Barth ~ Guitar on the
title track “Nothin’ But A Daydream, How’s The Weather, Juicy
Flute, Festival of Life, Reed Between The Lines”, Daniel Martin ~
Guitar on “Alien”, Don Safranek ~ Percussion on “Nothin’ But A
Daydream, My Favorite Martin, Someday, Return To Love, Juicy Flute,
and Festival of Life”.
the box, Morris Code immediately takes you for a spin with the
syncopated rhythms of the title track “Nothin’ But A Daydream”.
Ironically, Peggy and the band are reminiscent of a very
popular group from the 70’s called Seawind. The tight hooks
and imaginative vocal stylings of Peggy delivers an appetizing
balance of vocals fused with crisp horn and rhythmic shapes and
chase for the groove continues with “Someday” in the second
slot. Bob’s funky bass licks and Peggy’s flute
caresses the soul while the band keeps the flavor harmonically
The Weather” swings on the set with the right mixture of
seasoned flavorings featuring guest keyboardist Mathias
Claus from Germany. The remaining members of the band trade the
shades of rhythmic flavors parallel with the Bob’s bass chops
breaking in momentarily while effortlessly running scales with hints
of Jaco in his pocket!
keeps things in perspective lyrically with “Return To Love”;
meanwhile the band compliments her vocals by adding the right dose of
juicy beats and additives. Peggy’s
flute solos magically whispers accessible an alluring melodies with
Favorite Martin” just happens to be one my personal favorites on
“Nothin But”! Peggy’s flute styling articulates
her signature of poetry in motion; she’s passionate with distinctive
and soulful flavor. Keyboardist Martin Ferenzi solos melodically
dazzles as the band jams joins hands in unison with intense
passion and enthusiasm.
Code’s groove continues to resonate with “Funky Alien”;
Peggy’s versatility as a reeds-woman swings in orbit with
some tasty and concise sax solos. The band continues to seriously jam
pulling it all together focusing on the continuity of unmatched
Love” is another joyous tune with the right combination of
catchy hooks and delicious flavors.
energy of Morris Code is relentless; however there comes a time
the mood must change directions. Peggy’s vocals are called a
pond to settle things down a bit with “Soul Connection”.
of Life” is a snapshot that appropriately captures the core of
the groups’ personality; its warm and uplifting in structure
therefore inviting the listener too enjoy passionate interplay among
are have a strong presence throughout “Nothin’ But A
Daydream”, this could be problematic to some however, Peggy’s
vocalizations (You’re My Hero) brings an aura of versatility
to the compositions.
Flute” is another track that creatively displays the energy and
the quality musicians of Morris Code. The band cuts loose with
tight solos’ blending all the elements together that makes this
group exuberant and enjoyable to listen too.