Thursday, February 19, 2009

Happy birthday, David Murray.

Best wishes on this day to one of America’s most prolific jazz artists, tenor saxophonist David Murray, who turns 54.

As a founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet, Mr. Murray has had hold of my ear for a good quarter-century. Under his own name, he has released 50 albums in the last 20 years.

I’m streaming on my Vox blog a track from Murray’s 1993 CD “Ballads for Bass Clarinet.” Click here to hear “Elegy for Fannie Lou” (composed by cultural activist Kunle Mwanga).

I do enjoy the sound of a bass clarinet, and this cut really picks up steam as it goes. Murray’s A-list sidemen for the session were John Hicks, Ray Drummond and Idris Muhammad.

To dig deeper into David Murray’s music, visit his MySpace page.

2 comments:

bumpster said...

Beautiful tone. And it swung too. Nice Find. I really dug the soul album the WSQ did. Their For the Love of Money cover was four bars. David Murray is a musical artist. He has all of the chops. Any key, any time, any style, any venue.

destruction said...

It's really just great to read a Happy B'day....as opposed to a "You know who died yesterday...?" post....ya dig?