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David Murray

Few musicians in jazz history have proven more vigorously productive and resourceful than David Murray. During the past 35 years, from the moment he first visited New York as a 20 year-old student, playing in a walkup loft, in 1975, David has careened forward in a cool, collected, rocket-fueled streak. He has released over 150 albums under his own name. Yet more impressive than the numbers is the constancy of two abiding achievements: as a tenor saxophonist, he has perfected an instantly recognizable approach to improvisation that even in its freest flights acknowledges the gravity of a tradition he honors more than most; and he has altered the context for his improvisations as an infinite mosaic of musical challenges and explorations

ARTICLE: RADIO

A tribute to McCoy Tyner plus music from Baker and Murray

Read "A tribute to McCoy Tyner plus music from Baker and Murray" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week a tribute to the legendary McCoy Tyner, plus a dip in the archive and a new release. The great McCoy Tyner sadly passed on March 6th. With a stellar career, best known as part of the great John Coltrane Quartet, and with a respectable solo discography, he is one the giants of jazz in ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Jazz in the Time of Pandemic

Read "Jazz in the Time of Pandemic" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The first week of April 2020: images crystalized the daily news reports; a dystopian Times Square; Piazza Navona in Rome, emptied of tourists, Barcelona's Basílica de la Sagrada Família standing like an abstract ruin, makeshift morgues in hospital parking lots. The jazz world is small but still a microcosm of society with interdependencies that run deep. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Juan Vinuesa Jazz Quartet: Blue Shots From Chicago

Read "Blue Shots From Chicago" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Chicago, a city of big shoulders, continues to present proof of poet Carl Sandburg's words from the poem of the same name... “Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning." Why is this? Because Chicago in 2020 remains the same as evoked in ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Hall Overton Centennial & More

Read "The Hall Overton Centennial & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

February birthdays on Gift & Messages with the Hall Overton centennial. We feature his arrangement of “Little Rootie Tootie" for the Thelonious Monk Orchestra, where Hall takes the piano solo from the Monk's first trio recording and orchestrates it for the entire big band! You'll hear both back-to-back. Stunning, for the arrangement and the playing, is ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Harriet Tubman at SFJAZZ

Read "Harriet Tubman at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Harriet Tubman SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA January 23, 2020 The electric bass, electric guitar and drum trio Harriet Tubman stands apart in the music world. As guitarist Brandon Ross notes, they are electrified yet based on spiritual influences such as the late Alice Coltrane, the late John Coltrane's wife who ran ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Vilnius Jazz 2019

Read "Vilnius Jazz 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Vilnius Jazz 2019 Russian Drama Theatre jny:Vilnius, Lithuania October 16-20, 2019 Is a jazz festival primarily about entertainment, or is it meant to challenge the expectations of its audience? Does programming risk mean financial suicide? What responsibility does a festival have to promote young, emerging talent? What place do women ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazz&Wine of Peace 2019

Read "Jazz&Wine of Peace 2019" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Jazz & Wine of Peace Festival Teatro Comunale di Cormòns e varie sedi nel Collio e in Slovenia 23-27.10.2017 La ventiduesima edizione del festival Jazz&Wine of Peace di Cormòns si è svolta dal 23 al 27 Ottobre, con la medesima, fortunata formula degli scorsi anni: un concerto serale al Teatro Comunale ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Love Song for August

Read "Love Song for August" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The first broadcast in August included new releases from Veronica Swift, John Storie, Wendy Kirkland, Gretje Angell, Sara Gazarek and Wayne Wallace and Moy Eng, with birthday shout outs to Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, pianists Diane Moser and Josh Nelson, plus vocalists Kat Edmonson, KJ Denhart, Kevin Mahogany, Baby Jane Dexter, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cartoon: Change Of Meaning

Read "Change Of Meaning" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The Confront Recording's Collectors Series is distinguished by the packaging of its CDs which arrive in a DVD sized metal box. Rather than any cover art, there are instead simple stickers affixed to the front and rear denoting the artist, title and track names. The CD itself quaintly replicates the grooves and track markers of a ...


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