The Many Sides Of David Murray

Written by from WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

For decades, saxophonist David Murray was a presence in New York City both imposing and prodigious, a hugely talented performer who also collaborated and composed at an astonishing rate. He’s now based in Europe, but in early 2015, the Winter Jazzfest — a concert happening which celebrates the depth and breadth of the jazz community — booked him in a way that seemed appropriate to this history: three different sets with three different bands.

Jazz Night In America speaks to Murray and gathers the story behind these three projects — three of many. We hear a revival of the four-man “clarinet summit” bands he first played in decades ago, featuring Don Byron, David Krakauer and Hamiet Bluiett; a new collaborative trio with heavy hitters Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) and Geri Allen (piano); and a quartet performance spotlighting the performance poet Saul Williams.

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