David Murray Infinity Quartet
Monday, July 7
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
½ Price Night for Students
Tenor saxophonist David Murray’s music traverses a diverse swath of jazz terrain, from conventional to cutting-edge. With one foot firmly planted in the jazz tradition and the other in the avant garde, Murray is best known for his long association with The World Saxophone Quartet, and an incredibly prolific string of musical collaborations that have included the likes of Max Roach, Jerry Garcia, Cassandra Wilson, Lester Bowie, and more recently, vocalists Macy Gray and Gregory Porter. His current recording release, Be My Monster Love, features a new repertoire and the debut of his Infinity Quartet: Orrin Evans on piano; Jaribu Shahid on bass; and Nasheet Waits on drums.
Born in Oakland, California in 1955, David Murray grew up learning to play music from his parents at home. His mother, a pianist, and his father, a guitarist, also played music in church with David and his two brothers. By junior high school, Murray was playing alto sax in the school music program where he got practical experience learning the basics of jazz. Emulating his hero at the time, Sonny Rollings, he switched to the tenor saxophone. During his teens, he also gained early professional experience playing in Bay Area soul bands. After graduating high school, David attended Pomona College, studying with trumpeter Bobby Bradford who had played with avant garde innovator Ornette Coleman. Only twenty years old when he left Pomona College to tackle the New York City loft jazz scene of the late ’60s and early ’70s, Murray’s musical evolution has mirrored the history of jazz, in reverse. Before long, he gained a reputation as one of the iconoclastic champions of free form improvisation, and one of the few saxophonists who avoided the overarching influence of John Coltrane on his sound. Instead, Murray explored the dissonant path blazed by Eric Dolphy, Albert Ayler and Archie Shepp.
For Murray 1976 was a pivotal year. He released his first albums as a leader, Flowers for Albert, and Low Class Conspiracy, and became a founding member of the long-running World Saxophone Quartet with Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill and Hamiet Bluiett. Additionally, he put together a big band and an octet to focus on his compositions. Over the next decade, Murray began incorporating more traditional elements of jazz into his composing and improvising. As the ’80s progressed, his playing began to reflect the retro influences of swing era jazz saxophone giants Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. Murray’s recordings also documented his ever-changing sound, each album different from the last. By the ’90s, he was collaborating with an ever more diverse line up of musicians, including special projects with McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, and San Francisco psychedelic icons The Grateful Dead. He even paid tribute to the music of the Dead with his 1996 album release of Dark Star, featuring guitarist Bob Weir. Today Murray shows no signs of slowing down in the 21st Century. In his Infinity Quartet, he has found yet another avenue of creative expression for his multi-faceted musical personality.
David Murray Infinity Quartet
DATE: Monday, July 7, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $30/Door, ½ Price Night for Students
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
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