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David Murray Infinity Quartet: Be My Monster Love

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If jazz is ever to escape from the “specialist" ghetto in which it finds itself in 2013 the simple truth is that we need more people with the vision of David Murray and more records as good as this one. Murray has a long and distinguished jazz career on tenor sax that began in the NYC Loft Scene of the 1970s--taking in my personal favourite octet recordings of the likes of Ming and Home on Black Saint in the 1980s, right up to this soulful home run of a collection. In a recent Jazzwise interview Murray spoke eloquently ...

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SubCulture, Grand Opening

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The art of recording has changed music, more so in the information age. Nevertheless, it seems consensus in New York: jazz sounds better live. SubCulture is a new performance space in the district of Manhattan that is called “NoHo." The building is located at 45 Bleecker Street right in front of a stop for the B, D, F, M and 6 trains. The recommended drink as per space owner, Marc Kaplan is the Liberty School cabernet and a semi-local brew, the Greenport seasonal ale. The suggestion of spirits is valuable coming from a man whose spot features a musical menu ...

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David Murray Infinity Quartet: Be My Monster Love

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Tenor man David Murray is considered to be one of the most prolific and innovative players and composers of the last 40 years.Not only has he distinguished himself as an inventive leader of the avant-garde movement, he has become a veritable Renaissance man just based on the myriad of projects he has undertaken in the last few years. He composed and performed music for a tribute held in London for Emory Douglas, the legendary illustrator for The Black Panther publications, and he also collaborated with Afro-Cuban musicians to perform Nat “King" Cole's Spanish songs. That's in addition to ...

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David Murray Cuban Ensemble: Plays Nat King Cole En Espanol

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Latin music has culturally been intended for dancing and romancing. Any Latin singer or orchestra worth a cover charge has known this, and David Murray the innovative saxophonist absorbing the role of conductor/arranger on Plays Nat King Cole En Español, demonstrates this concept perfectly. In taking on a project that updates the recordings Nat King Cole did in Spanish and Portuguese in 1958 and 1962, Murray maintains the genuine savor of the original compositions, while broadening them to assimilate contemporary improvisation. The crowded dance floors during the golden age of the mambo and cha ...

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David Murray and the Gwo ka Masters: The Devil Tried To Kill Me

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This global block party, by saxophonist David Murray, blends ebullient African- rhythms with funk and jazz, brought by a fiery band that integrates two Gwo ka masters (Guadalupean drummers/vocalists), some sassy urban soul from pianist/vocalist Sista Kee, and the world renowned blues voice of Taj Mahal. The Devil Tried To Kill Me is Murray's third release with the Gwo ka Masters, following 2004's well received Gwotet (Justin Time), a recording that also featured avant-garde icon, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. Recorded in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadalupe's largest city, the recording is an emphatic celebration of the island's proud past and compelling ...

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David Murray & Mal Waldron: Silence

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David Murray (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet) and Mal Waldron (piano) recorded this album in Brussels in 1991. Waldron passed away in 2002, leaving Siilence  as a strong testimony to his art and skill.

The natural co-relation between Murray and Waldron characterizes the music. They construct skilled structures with the melody, essaying it with agile improvisation. Once that standard has been established, they create a sphere that embodies their sense of adventure.

Murray plays the bass clarinet on "Free For C.T.," showing just why he is such a compulsive force on the instrument. He gives ...

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David Murray: 3D Family & Sacred Ground

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David Murray 3D Family hatOLOGY 2007 David Murray Sacred Ground Justin Time 2007

Cut in 1976 and released the following year, Flowers For Albert, David Murray's thunderclap of a debut as a leader, left little doubt that the next heavyweight champion of the tenor had arrived. Careening with unsettling assurance between tight romantic swing and screaming, shrieking free--Ben Webster one moment, Ayler the next--Murray, 21 at the time, seemed to spring ...



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