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David Murray


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David Murray (Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet) was born in Oakland, California in 1955. He grew up in Berkeley and studied with Catherine Murray (organist and David’s mother), Bobby Bradford, Arthur Blythe, Stanley Crouch, Margaret Kohn and many others before he left Pomona College (Los Angeles) for New York where he moved in 1975. In New York he met and played with Cecil Taylor, who along with Dewey Redman gave the young musician the encouragement he needed. The city would again be a source of new encounters, with people and with music from all horizons: Sunny Murray, Tony Braxton, Oliver Lake, Don Cherry. In Ted Daniel’s Energy Band he worked with Hamiet Bluiett, Lester Bowie and Frank Lowe. In 1976, after an European tour, David Murray set up the first of his mythic groups, the World Saxophone Quartet, with Oliver Lake, Hamiet Bluiett and Julius Hemphill. This marked the beginning of an intensely creative time, when one recording led to another, with an endless permutation of formations. From Jerry Garcia to Max Roach and from Randy Weston to Elvin Jones, David Murray worked as widely as possible until 1978, when he set up his own quartet, then octet and finally his quintet. From this time on his focus has been more on his own formations, although he frequently works with other musicians, drawing in a whole range of different sounds, from strings (the 1982 concert at the Public Theatre in New York), to Ka drums from Guadeloupe (Créole in 1998 and Yonn Dé in 2002) and South African dancers and musicians (Mbizo, 1998)


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  • drvivard777

    That brawny tone coupled with free jazz sensibilities, he's amazing. Check out his work with Blood Ulmer in Music Revelation Society (?), I think that is the name of the group. Also the album on Black Saint called Children with Ulmer playing on a cut or two, is something to behold. Bright Moments.

    26 Dec 2012 Reply
  • raphaa00

    Dewey's Circle is amazing! Reminds me of Mingus' Black Saint.

    18 Jan 2012 Reply
  • kaly_

    Happy Birthday !!!

    19 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Dibele

    Sorrow Song <3

    5 May 2010 Reply
  • xbountyhunterx

    he has too many good albums. too many.

    20 Jan 2010 Reply
  • mfl1ck

    What is he looking at?

    12 Jan 2010 Reply
  • BlindWilliam

    'fyou're posting brovah murray on your charts, you should drop by Great Black Music. It's all in the tradition. Gotta have yer vibe. P E A C E > bw

    14 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Grindfucked

    where's the jazz in you people?

    6 Dec 2007 Reply
  • Ciacchi

    it's not for download, it's only full preview

    26 Nov 2007 Reply
  • mattdh12

    anyone else having trouble downloading circles?

    10 Aug 2007 Reply

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