Chris Morrissey is a musician’s musician. As a bassist, he’s logged hundreds of thousands of miles touring five continents and countless hours performing and recording with a long list of world-class songwriters and players. As a bandleader, he is as convincing a singer and frontman in his rock outfit Taurus as he is a composer and upright bassist in his jazz quartet. Few musicians wear as many hats, and even fewer wear them as comfortably.
Before coming to Brooklyn in 2009, Chris lead a hard-hitting band in his home state of Minnesota that included local luminaries Dave King on drums (The Bad Plus, Happy Apple, Buffalo Collision) and Mike Lewis on saxophones (Bon Iver, Happy Apple, Andrew Bird). With their deep history and unmistakeable individuality, King and Lewis, along with pianists Peter Schimke and Bryan Nichols, brought Morrissey’s distinctive writing to life on his 2009 debut, The Morning World. The record quickly caught the ear of François Zalacain and found a home on his renowned New York label, Sunnyside Records.
Called “the shape of things to come when it comes to bassists and bandleaders” by Jazz Times, and placed third on a list of five records to play for “…people who think they don’t like jazz” in National Public Radio’s A Blog Supreme, The Morning World earned high praise from the jazz press community. The music also got the attention of some of New York’s brightest players, and Morrissey wasted no time enlisting some heavyweight collaborators in his new city. With drummer Mark Guiliana, pianist Aaron Parks, saxophonist Ben Wendel, and guitarist Nir Felder, he began packing such notable venues as the Jazz Gallery and Rockwood Music Hall while earning concert recommendations from Nate Chinen of the New York Times, Time Out New York, New York Magazine, and as a “Voice Choice” in The Village Voice.