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Genres: Jazz, Pop
Though associated with the avant-garde, David Murray has deep roots in the history of jazz, in terms of both tone and sheer swing. Both are strongly evident here in his octet, with Murray's tenor suggesting the rough burr ... more »
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Though associated with the avant-garde, David Murray has deep roots in the history of jazz, in terms of both tone and sheer swing. Both are strongly evident here in his octet, with Murray's tenor suggesting the rough burr of Coleman Hawkins or Ben Webster and the charging ensemble passages invoking the powerhouse bands of the swing era. The leader's solo efforts are matched by a gifted band that includes contrasting soloists in Henry Threadgill on alto, Butch Morris on cornet, and the very crisp Craig Harris on trombone. Each of Murray's four original compositions is a good vehicle for this energized group, but the concluding "Flowers for Albert," Murray's impassioned and frequently recorded tribute to his early inspiration, the free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler, rises to the highest peak. --Stuart Broomer
One of the all-time best
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Start with "Flowers For Albert". It's a beautiful tune, arranged meticulously, with brilliant, complex solos. It swings gently, with an almost fugue-like calmness. The octet is just perfect, providing a depth of sounds and a clarity of each instrument. And then there are three more songs... they all share this fantastic balance between composition, arrangement and solos, with the distinct personalities in the octet pushing, pulling and blending. (Most of them, like Henry Threadgill, Craig Harris and Olu Dara, are unique bandleaders in their own rights.)David Murray has recorded dozens of albums in duos, quartets, octets, big bands and other formats. He has made some great music over the years. This one is very near the top of his many achievements, and one of the all-time best, period."