David MURRAY Big Band, Conducted by Lawrence "Butch" MORRIS 1991

David MURRAY Big Band, Conducted by Lawrence “Butch” MORRIS 1991


The David Murray big band, which can be undisciplined and even a bit out of control, is never dull. This generally brilliant effort has quite a few highpoints. “Paul Gonsalves” recreates the tenor’s famous 1956 Newport Jazz Festival solo and has some heated playing from the ensemble. While “Lester” does not really capture the style of Lester Young, “Ben” does bring back the spirit of Ben Webster. “Calling Steve McCall” is a heartfelt tribute to the late drummer (although the poetry does not need to be heard twice) and trombonist Craig Harris’ singing on “Let the Music Take You” is so-so, but the colorful “David’s Tune” and the eerie “Istanbul” are more memorable. This disc is easily recommended to listeners with open ears.
By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
Bass- Fred Hopkins
Conductor- Lawrence “Butch” Morris
Drums- Tani Tabbal
Flute, Wind [Piccolo]- Kahlil Henry
French Horn- Vincent Chancey
Piano- Sonelius Smith
Producer- Kazunori Sugiyama
Alto Sax- John Purcell
Alto Sax, Flute- James Spaulding
Baritone Sax, Clarinet- Don Byron
Tenor and Soprano Sax- Patience Higgins
Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet- David Murray
Trombone- Al Patterson , Craig Harris , Frank Lacy
Trumpet- Graham Haynes , Hugh Ragin , James Zollar , Rasul Siddik
Tuba- Bob Stewart
Vocals- Andy Bey (tracks: 8)
Voice [Wordist]- G’ra (tracks: 4)
Whistle- Joel A. Brandon* (tracks: 1)
01. Paul Gonsalves 17:37
02. Lester 9:56
03. Ben 10:09
04. Calling Steve McCall 6:17
05. Love Joy 6:11
06. Istanbul 9:24
07. David’s Tune 7:50
08. Let the Music Take You 3:49

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