Devil music? This disc contains the inscription: "There has always existed a fear throughout African American churches that jazz music was some kind of devil's music." But not on this one, friends. Teamed with the powerful vocalist Fontella Bass and organist Jimane Nelson, master reedman David Murray creates here a shouting, rollicking, joyful gospel jazzfest. It even features "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen, "Amazing Grace," "Blessed Assurance," "A Closer Walk with Thee."
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.
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!