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Dave McMurray

Dave McMurray’s Blue Note Records debut, Music Is Life is a reunion of sorts, given the long history the saxophonist shares with the label’s president, and fellow Detroit native, Don Was. McMurray was a member of Was’ genre-defying unit Was (Not Was), first working together on the band’s self-titled 1981 debut. He’s played on all of the band’s albums and many other Was produced projects in the years since. When Was signed McMurray to Blue Note, the saxophonist says that he gave him no imperatives as to which artistic paths to take. “It was one of those situations in which he just said, ‘Do it,’” McMurray explains. “I know Dave’s playing really well


Grateful Deadication 2

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Playing in the Band; China Cat Sunflower; Bird Song; To Lay Me Down; Truckin’; The Other One; If I Had the World to Give; Scarlet Begonias; Crazy Fingers.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Shirley Scott, Dave McMurray & Melissa Pipe

Read "Shirley Scott, Dave McMurray & Melissa Pipe" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From a modern day multi-instrumental master from Canada, we begin the 805th Episode of Neon Jazz with Melissa Pipe and her sextet and music from Of What Remains. From there, we dig into some new releases from Ben Cassara, Dave McMurray, Shirley Scott, Florian Arbenz and up and comer Sam Butler. We round it all out ...


Article: Album Review

Dave McMurray: Grateful Deadication 2

Read "Grateful Deadication 2" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Yet another Grateful Dead tribute will probably invite the same reactions from devotees and anyone else--either “oh, these songs again? “ or “Hmm, these songs again?" For anyone willing to take a look, it will (of course) come down to the way the material is presented and retooled, which in Dave McMurray's case means the sound ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dave McMurray

Read "Dave McMurray" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Saxophonist Dave McMurray stops by Spotlight On to talk about his career, the music scene in his native Detroit, his long history with musician, producer and executive Don Was, his work and relationship with Geri Allen and more. McMurray has performed with a stunning roster of legendary musicians, including B.B. King, Nancy Wilson]}, {{m: Herbie Hancock, ...


Article: Interview

Dave McMurray: Blowing on the Edge of Grate-ness

Read "Dave McMurray: Blowing on the Edge of Grate-ness" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Saxophonist Dave McMurray's discography is reflective of the musical melting pot of his hometown jny: Detroit. Dave came up playing with everyone from bluesman Albert King, pianist Geri Allen, even Kid Rock. He is most known for his decades-long association with eclectic producer, and Blue Note label President, Don Was. Through Was, ...


Soul Searching

Label: Hip-Bop
Released: 2001
Track listing: Just the Music; On Detroit Time; Cruisin' to the P.M.; What Cha Gonna Do About My Loving; Walk in the Night; 7 Day Love; Nautilus; Soulful Kiss; I Go Wild; Cleo's Mood; Ghetto Flute Song; London Nights; Madrid; Sonny.


Article: Album Review

Dave McMurray: Soul Searching

Read "Soul Searching" reviewed by Jim Santella

His soulful saxophone melodies add a contemporary charm to age-old romance. Tap your hands lightly on the backbeat and relax, while Dave McMurray explores the smooth jazz arena with a little help from Bob James, Mark Isham, Chuck Loeb, the Ridgeway Sisters, and others. “What cha gonna do with my lovin?" “Tell me now." ...


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