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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

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.

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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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