Sam Morrison

Miles Away

Brown Bag Records

Personnel: Sam Morrison, tenor and alto sax, saxello, alto flute; Michael Wolff, piano; Jeff Ciampa, electric guitar; Mark Egan, bass; Joel Rosenblatt, drums; Laurel Masse, vocal; Rick Kurek, vocal; Derek Stewart, rap; Angus Richardson, vocal; Hamish Richardson, background vocal; Carlos Valdez, congas, wood block, shaker; Jeremy Wall, electric piano; Carl Landa, synthesizer; Ray Spiegal, tablas; Steve Gorn, bamboo flute; Sherie Rogoff Skowronek, lyrics

Saxophonist and Miles Davis alum Sam Morrison left the music scene in the late 1970s after having built a very impressive résumé. He'd performed and recorded with Miles during the trumpeter's funk/fusion period, recorded his own critically acclaimed Dune, and worked with legends Buster Williams and Woody Shaw.

After a long hiatus, Morrison is back on the scene where he belongs. He is currently a member of the Children on the Corner Tribute to Miles band. His newest all-original offering, aptly titled Miles Away, is an eclectic collection of Jazz, fusion, rap, and rock and has an interesting mix of instrumentation. His playing on it is as energized and fiery as ever.

By Linda Goshay