Any of the artists that form The Spanish Donkey (Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, Mike Pride) could create dictionaries of superlatives with praise their work has garnered. But as a cohesive unit, they surge forward into a new thesaurus, as a dream trampling through the woods on the edges of evening. Joe Morris’ melodic improv guitar lines sketching out space where Jamie Saft’s keyboards color in chromatic aberration nudged and prodded by Mike Pride’s outside of time drumming. Three artists who have made careers of developing new sonic spaces, have formed a new place of exploration and imagination. It’s the re-history of 21st century avant-jazz.
released July 12, 2011
“The music’s patternless linearity opens the doorway to total innovation, where brazen unpredictability decides surprising directions. It is a remarkable phenomenon that musicians on such a large booming scale can keep it together so long that to make music is patently the goal, not just to grow a tone monster which eats time. Rather it is time that is the music’s colleague because development can only happen within it.” – Lyn Horton, JazzTimes