The David Murray Quartet: Seasons (2003)
Murray's assured shift into the mainstream is in no small way supported by the rapport of Davis and Lewis who sound like they've been playing together for years. Whether it's a latin tinged "Autumn in New York or a bluesy, romantic "September In The Rain these masters provide all that's needed for the Hanna and Murray solos. Lewis has an extraordinary touch that is displayed in a wide range of styles; the drums are exceptionally well recorded. Davis' bowed bass solo on "September Song is particularly memorable. His warm, low key playing throughout is a trademark of this modest master. At times I wished he could have been given more solo time on this disc, but any opportunity to hear Davis is appreciated, especially this one with a very compatible Victor Lewis.
Roland Hanna's opening piano solo to the title tune "Seasons is a highlight of the disc. His playing at times is a bit cautious, but for the most part he is outstanding. He shares solo time with Murray, and fits in very comfortably with Davis and Lewis. Ultimately, the spotlight is on David Murray, and he does not disappoint. Some of his highlights include his somwhat edgy solo on the title cut, his Ben Websterish after hours solo on "September Song," and his wonderful bass clarinet solo on Claude and Ruth Thornhill's "Snowfall." All in all it's a very good disc exhibiting another facet of the always interesting David Murray.
Record Label: Pow Wow Records