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South of the Border
David Murray Big Band, Lawrence Butch Morris
South of the Border
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
  •  Track Listings (7) - Disc #1

David Murray has made his name in dozens of contexts since his arrival on the mid-1970s jazz scene while barely in his 20s. With the World Saxophone Quartet, he's alternately fire breathing and swinging, a balladeer and a ...  more »

      
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All Artists: David Murray Big Band, Lawrence Butch Morris
Title: South of the Border
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Diw Records
Release Date: 6/16/1998
Album Type: Import
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Swing Jazz, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 634164089726

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David Murray has made his name in dozens of contexts since his arrival on the mid-1970s jazz scene while barely in his 20s. With the World Saxophone Quartet, he's alternately fire breathing and swinging, a balladeer and a tiger. With the David Murray Big Band, he's no less chameleonic, steering his troops (who look like a roll call of post-1960s greats) through elaborate melodies and then bursting skyward with energetic leaps. South of the Border opens with a typically swinging melody, Sonny Rollins's "St. Thomas." Never wont to sit still, the band launches into another swinger, "Happy Birthday Wayne, Jr." long enough to dig the melody, and then they go hog wild, cutting sax riffs across the rhythms in delighted antiphony. They take on Murray's own "Flowers for Albert," as well as conductor Lawrence "Butch" Morris's moody "Fling" and Craig Harris's romantic "Awakening Ancestors." The band is a hoot, never resting and never yielding their at-once love of directness and musical muscle. --Andrew Bartlett
 

CD Reviews

Best of Murray Big Bands
brian1lindsay | Nepean, Ontario Canada | 08/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Murray has recorded several big band recordings. While this one may be one of the least well known, since it is on the DIW label and somewhat expensive, it may be the best of the bunch. There is a lot of variety in the tracks and the band seems to be having a lot of FUN! One of my favorite Murray compositions, "Flowers for Albert" is also shows up. So you can pick up the Black Saint Big Band recordings, or the earlier one that was released by DIW/Columbia, but consider shelling out for this one."