David Murray

David MurrayLike A Kiss That Never Ends
David Murray
(Justin Time – 2001)
by Dick Bogle

Saxophonist David Murray is one of those blessed individuals with a tireless sense of adventure and curiosity. A former young lion, now mature, Murray has been mainstream, outstream and in the world music flow. Here, there are no restrictions, although he manages to step outside on only one track, “Let’s Cool One.” It is delivered complete with honks, squeals and a changing mood when bassist Ray Drummond tenders his own exciting solo… and then once again settles into a steady groove when Murray utilizes his bass clarinet.

We are privileged to hear several sides of Murray and friends, who include John Hicks on piano and drummer Andrew Cyrille in addition to Drummond. “Blues For Felix” is a rollicking blues where everybody solos and we hear Murray duet with himself on tenor and bass clarinet. “Dedication” is the sole, true ballad offering. Written by Drummond, it has an easy flowing feel and is a comfort to hear. There is nothing to disappoint here.

Reprinted with kind permission of The Skanner.