David Murray: Long Goodbye
The deeply reverential and solemn title tune by Butch Morris, reaches out like a prayer and moves through different phases of a musician's life. From softly floating melodies to raucous squeals and squawks, the piece offers a thorough look at what kind of energy fueled Don Pullen and in how many directions his musical approach turned. Pullen's ballad "Common Ground," which he recorded with the Chief Cliff Singers and his African Brazilian Connection, appears here without the Native American chant and drums; instead, the quartet maintains a hushed jazz approach with Murray supplying the beautiful melody. Jackson's two compositions lend a Latin touch, exciting solo work from each quartet member, and a glimpse at Jackson's own percussive piano power. From the rolling waltz-like melody of "Resting on the Road," to the familiar guy-next-door approach of "Gratitude," and the bold, stirring concentration of "El Matador," Pullen's music is uplifting and always welcome. Highly Recommended.
Track Listing: Gratitude; Resting on the Road; Out of a Storm; El Matador;Easy Alice; Long Goodbye; Common Ground.
Record Label: DIW