Jeffrey Morgan & Joker Nies, Pair 'A' Dice

(No Label MC; this recording has subsequently been released on CD by the Random Acoustics label)

Köln-based, American alto saxophonist Jeffrey Morgan has been involved in improvised music since the mid-70s. He's especially persuasive in the instrument's high register where his control of overtones has a marvellous forward-moving urgency; not power-blowing exactly but a considered intensity. His German duo partner, Joker Nies, uses MIDI processing to send out squiggles, clipped phrases and atmospheric clusters of sounds in a most capricious way that takes a bit of getting used to (reminiscent of synth player Dennis Palmer of the Shaking Ray Levis, in this respect). Close attention will be rewarded.

(Chris Blackford)