David Murray: Speaking in Tongues
Well, Murray plays with all his customary fire, and thus validates the old postulate that the sturm und drang of the "free" music of the Sixties was born in the sanctified emotions of black gospel music. Whatever the case, Murray hasn't sounded this enthusiastic for some time, and his approach certainly fits in here.
There's a chunky, large sound here, courtesy not only of the organ and Murray but also trumpeter Hugh Ragin, guitarist Stanley Franks, and the rhythm men. It's all fervent music, perhaps not that will appeal to all straight-ahead jazz fans, but Murray has an abundance of great moments.
David Murray, ts, b cl; Fontella Bass, vcl; Hugh Ragin, tpt; Jimane Nelson, Hammond B-3, p, synth; Stanley Franks, g; Clarence "Pookie" Jenkins, el b; Ranzell Merritt, d; Leopoldo Fleming, perc.
How I Got Over / Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen / Jimane's Creation / Missionary / Don't Know What I Would Do / Amazing Grace / Blessed Assurance / A Closer Walk with Thee.