While also involved in jazz, the drummer Russ Morgan should not be mistaken for the famed trombonist and arranger from the big-band era. Such an error would be less likely to occur in the United Kingdom, the drummer's principal gigging territory circa 2001 alongside players such as saxophonist Kevin Flanagan, pianist Chris Ingham, guitarist Pete Oxley, and reed player Mark Lockheart. Along with the latter two players, Morgan joined rhythm-section partner bassist Steve Watts in a 2003 quartet inquisitively named Curious Paradise. Some of the drummer's playing is in the mainstream jazz style approaching the crossroads of hard bop, in which a Sonny Rollins admirer such as Flanagan can cruise comfortably. Morgan has received eloquent praise for his work in such surroundings; jazz critics say he is "never fussy or intrusive in his playing, really listening to what is going on around him."
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