For Morning Glory, John Surman sets aside his signature baritone saxophone in favor of soprano sax, bass clarinet, and synthesizer – the result is a record as radiant and beautiful as its title portends, comprised of four epic tracks that despite their scope represent his most mainstream work to date. The skill and dexterity of the improvisations here are astounding. Surman and sidemen Terje Rypdal (guitar), Chris Laurence (bass), John Taylor (electric piano), Malcolm Griffiths (trombone), and John Marshall (drums) connect on an almost telepathic level. But for all its experimental approaches and ingenious ad-libbing, Morning Glory is a remarkably generous album, inviting and approachable like few avant-jazz dates before it. So much of Surman's brilliance hinges on his refusal to alienate listeners regardless of their personal leanings and expectations, while at the same remaining true to his singular muse.
This Is Life with Lisa Ling, returns for a second season for an eight-episode run. The series, which features Ling traveling across the country searching for “ordinary people with extraordinary lives” and their “unconventional communities.” In the new season, Ling gains exclusive access to the children of Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints’ prophet and convicted felon Warren Jeffs, the Mongol Nation outlaw bikers, the LA County Coroner’s office, and The Satanic Temple in Detroit. She also introduces viewers to Electronic Dance Music fans, young girls vying to be models, Richmond City inmates preparing for a “Date with Dad” dance, and professional pickup artists in Nevada.