Alex Morgan

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Out of a melee of musicians named Alex Morgan, this Welsh artist's biggest mistaken identity crisis seems to take place whenever he is confused for Alex Moran, a Glasgow performer in a somewhat similar…
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Out of a melee of musicians named Alex Morgan, this Welsh artist's biggest mistaken identity crisis seems to take place whenever he is confused for Alex Moran, a Glasgow performer in a somewhat similar style. What is a letter "g" after all between blurry-eyed clubbies, some of whom perhaps go back to work as typists the following day with the throb of house bass thudding inside their skulls? Thus, Alex Moran becomes Alex Morgan and vice versa in catalogs and playbills. One person who can surely tell them apart without bothering to check for the "g" string would be Dionne Morgan, best known for her inspiring vocal on the hit "Music Is Everything."

The Welsh husband-and-wife team are involved in a variety of musical activities together, much of which takes place at the infamous Toucan Club in Cardiff. Listeners who are fond of underground compilations may have heard Alex Morgan and Dionne Morgan on the first volume of the compilation series entitled Taster: Sounds from the Funky Underground, a collection of surprisingly diverse approaches to performers on the U.K. club scene circa 2000. "Alright" is a Morgan songwriting collaboration -- not to be confused with a hit of the same name by Supergrass -- performed by Quattro, a nine-piece soul-jazz big band based out of Cardiff, where it has acquired house band status at the previously mentioned Toucan Club.

Dionne Morgan is one of the front-line vocalists in Quattro, along with rapper Funki Dregz; Alex Morgan handles keyboard chores in the group and can also be heard in a similar capacity in several Welsh jazz combos. Yet another collaboration coming out of the Morgan matrimony is Shubeen, a project that features the couple's original compositions. The name is based on an Arabic word for a social gathering that has developed into a hip expression for a rave or party; there is also a song entitled "Shubeen" recorded by the band the Toasters. Morgan's solo material has also been released on the Base label, unless this is yet another example of moronic spelling of Moran.