Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note

The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note

by David Murray Octet
     
 

The five CDs in this box represent the first David Murray Octet recordings, released between between 1980 and 1991. The original version of the band included Murray on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Lawrence "Butch" Morris on cornet, Henry Threadgill on alto saxophone, trombonist George Lewis, trumpeter Olu Dara, drummer …  See more details below

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The five CDs in this box represent the first David Murray Octet recordings, released between between 1980 and 1991. The original version of the band included Murray on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Lawrence "Butch" Morris on cornet, Henry Threadgill on alto saxophone, trombonist George Lewis, trumpeter Olu Dara, drummer Steve McCall, bassist Wilber Morris, and pianist Anthony Davis. This incarnation lasted for the first two albums in the set, Ming (1981) and Home (1982). Lewis and Dara are replaced on 1983's Murray's Steps by Craig Harris on trombone and trumpeter Bobby Bradford. While all of the Murray Octet recordings are worth hearing, it is these first three that are most enduring in scope and execution. The Octet didn't record for another four years, emerging in 1987 with New Life. The set featured a substantially different lineup. Only Wilber Morris and Harris returned from their previous outing. The rest of the band included two trumpet players in Baikida Carroll and Hugh Ragin, pianist Steve Colson, alto saxophonist John Purcell, and drummer Ralph Peterson, Jr. Despite the extensive personnel changes, New Life is a very solid date. The final recording by Murray's Octet, Hope Scope, wasn't issued until 1991; it contained more lineup changes. Dave Burrell appeared on piano, Ragin and Peterson returned but were augmented by second trumpeter Rasul Siddik and alto saxophonist James Spaulding. Only Murray and Morris remained from the group's original lineup. There are some truly different personalities at work on this last session, and Burrell's highly idiosyncratic style of play stands in sharp contrast to Spaulding and Ragin, and is quite noticeable; further, coming up against the elegant manner of Peterson's drumming, it can be jarring. That said, this session is yet a further extension of Murray's constant experimentation with textures, shapes, and colors in composition and improvisation. His control over the group is all but total (Burrell's wonderful playing is far too slippery for anyone to truly "control" in any setting). As a whole, this box is not only fine listening, but revelatory as to Murray's ongoing process of development, particularly as an arranger. The sound here is simply extraordinary, especially considering the quality (or lack thereof) of Black Saint's latter day vinyl pressings). Add to this the budget-price tag, and jazz fans can consider this a true bargain.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/13/2011
Label:
Black Saint
UPC:
8052405140067
catalogNumber:
1010

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Murray Octet   Primary Artist
David Murray   Indexed Contributor,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Bradford   Trumpet
Dave Burrell   Piano
Anthony Davis   Piano
Craig Harris   Trombone
George Lewis   Trombone
Lawrence "Butch" Morris   Cornet
Ralph Peterson   Drums
James Spaulding   Alto Saxophone
Wilbur Morris   Bass
Hugh Ragin   Trumpet
Steve McCall   Percussion
Olu Dara   Trumpet
Rasul Siddik   Trumpet
Henry Threadgill   Flute,Bass Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Curtis Clark   Piano
Wilber Morris   Bass

Technical Credits

Craig Harris   Composer
Ralph Peterson   Composer
David Murray   Composer,Producer
Giovanni Bonandrini   Producer,Executive Producer
Gennaro Carone   Engineer
Stanley Crouch   Liner Notes
Frank Filipetti   Engineer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
David Stone   Engineer
Chris Sheridan   Liner Notes
Jim Henderson   Engineer
Ming Smith   Cover Photo
Ming Murray   Back Cover Photo
Kunle Mwanga   Producer
Trevor Brown   Cover Photo
Xerios   Cover Art
"Gigi" Barbieri   Cover Art
Giancarlo Barigozi   Engineer
Giovanni Bondarini   Executive Producer
Oolong Smith   Cover Painting

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