clarinetist and composer
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.
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.
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.|
|Left: The World Saxophone Quartet in The Queen St. Mall, Brisbane, Australia 1991: David Murray, Arthur Blythe, Oliver Lake and Hamiett Bluiett|
|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
Lake Discography/Sessionography - under construction
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)
1975-1979 | 1980-1984 | 1985-1989 | 1990-1994| 1995-1998
articles appear in the
following issues of Down Beat:
October 1985 - "Searching For The Sound" by Howard Mandel
Marcel Safier's Jazz Home Page
or go straight to some of my other sites:
Andrew Hill Discography/Sessionography
George Adams Discography/Sessiongraphy
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
Morris Discography by Patrice Rousell - has a thorough Butch Morris
sessionography which lists details of a number of DM's recordings
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 :)