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This site is devoted to the recorded output of David Murray and demonstates both his extensive and varied
music legacy.

I first saw David Murray in concert when he appeared in my home town of Brisbane, Australia in 1991 with the World Saxophone Quartet. I have been a fan of his music since the mid 80s. When I first accessed the internet in October 1995 I was surprised not to find much material on David given that he is such a major figure in contempory jazz so I set up this site to redress the imbalance.

I would like my site to be as complete and accurate as possible hence any additions, corrections and suggestions are welcome. David who is on the internet from his home base in France has visited this site and given favourable comments.  I have had helpful input from David's management in France (3D Family) and also Justin Time Records as well as David's musical collaborators D.D. Jackson and Donal Fox.

I have been asked by some people to produce a critical discography but with the sheer volume of albums this is a bit daunting (anyway I don't own them all!). Resources such as The Penguin Guide to Jazz On CD, LP and Cassette guides by Richard Cook and Brian Morton are a good starting point. A new edition (the third) has been recently released.


NEWS:

Forthcoming Tour Dates:

The David Murray Octet "plays Coltrane" w/ Arthur Blythe & James Carter at the Banlieues Bleues Festival (suburbs of Paris, France) on April 16th.

Other Euro dates forthcoming.
 
NEW ALBUM:

The David Murray Quartet have an album due out on April 20th called "Seasons" on the Pow-Pow label
 

A tribute album to pianist Don Pullen has been released titledThe Long Goodbye: A Tribute to Don Pullen DIW 930. Don played with David early in his career as part  of the Low Class Conspiracy band and he also appeared on 1984's "Children", andmore recently on "Shakill's Warrior" and "Shakill's II" all on DIW.


The World Saxophone Quartet:
 
Left: The World Saxophone Quartet in The Queen St. Mall, Brisbane, Australia 1991: David Murray, Arthur Blythe, Oliver Lake and Hamiett Bluiett
LATEST ALBUM:
SELIM SIVAD/A TRIBUTE TO MILES DAVIS (Justin Time) WSQ with Jack DeJohnette.  The current WSQ  band line-up now includes John Purcell in place of Arthur Blythe and he also appears on the WSQ's recent release "Takin' It 2The Next Level"  (Justin Time 93). David Murray and John Purcell were roiginally members of Jack DeJohnette's Quartet in the 1980s.

Click here to go straight to the WSQ discography

Arthur Blythe - Selected Discography by Freewill Artistry

Oliver Lake Discography/Sessionography - under construction




The DISCOGRAPHY is divided into two tables:

Part 1 - DAVID MURRAY AS A LEADER or CO-LEADER in chronological recording order (82 separate albums so far)

Part 2 - DAVID MURRAY WITH OTHERS arranged alphabetically (51 albums appearances with others and 14 WSQ albums listed)



The SESSIONOGRAPHYcontaining details of the albums in the two discography tables is available with selected album
cover scans:

1975-1979 | 1980-1984 | 1985-1989 | 1990-1994| 1995-1998




 
David Murray articles appear in the 
following issues of Down Beat:

October 1985  - "Searching For The Sound" by Howard Mandel
November 1991 - "The Soul of the Church" by Larry Birnbaum
January 1993  - "So Much Music, So Little Time" by Bill Milkowski
June 1995  - "Obsessed" by Kevin Whitehead (cover pictured at right)
September 1996 - "New Life After Julius" (World Saxophone Quartet) by Herb Boyd
July 1998 - "Hit It Hard" (with James Carter) by Jim Macnie
 


You might also like to check out my other pages:

Marcel Safier's Jazz Home Page

or go straight to some of my other sites:

Andrew Hill Discography/Sessionography

George Adams Discography/Sessiongraphy

Von Freeman Discography/Sessionography


Some other recommnended links:

Justin Time label's page for David Murray

David Murray's US management Chriss & Co.'s site has a David Murray biography

A David Murray Interview from November 3, 1995

Interview with David Murray at the Le Jazz Site

Butch Morris Discography by Patrice Rousell - has a thorough Butch Morris sessionography which lists details of a number of DM's recordings
with him.

Michael Fitzgerald's Jazz Site has a number of good discographies and links for a variety of artists. It also includes a feature on jazz clarinet by
Matt Snyder which includes mention of David Murray's playing on that instrument.

The Jazz Clarinet Homepage maintained by Michael Cassara is the internet's largest resource of information on the clarinet and its place in jazz music.

This is me with David during his Brisbane visit in 1991 with the WSQ.  He's not really that small - I am just kind of big :)


No. of visits to this site since 1 May '97: 

Thanks for input from David's musical collaborators D.D. Jackson (D.D. Jackson's Home Page/Justin Time site)
and Donal Fox http://www.best.com/~datjazz/donal.html  and also Jean-Pierre Leduc, International Director/A&R for Justin Time 
This site is maintained by Marcel Safier coming at you from Brisbane, Australia. Last updated 15 July 1999.
You can e-mail me at msafier@ozemail.com.au