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DAVID MURRAY SESSIONOGRAPHY: 1985-1989

1985 
John Hicks with David Murray

SKETCHES OF TOKYO

DIW 812 (Japan)
Recorded April 11, 1985 at Avaco Studio, Tokyo

John Hicks (p), David Murray (ts, bcl)

1. Epistrophy (Thelonious Monk) 4:26
2. Blues In The Pocket (Hicks) 7:40
3. Naima (John Coltrane) 9:16
4. New Life (Murray) 8:38
5. God Bless The Child (Billie Holiday) 7:41
6. Sketches of Tokyo (Hicks) 7:08


David Murray Octet
NEW LIFE

Black Saint BSR 0100 (Italy) (LP - 1986; CD - 1987)
Recorded October 8, 1985 at Sorcerer Sound Studio, New York

David Murray (ts, bcl), Baikida Carroll (tp), Hugh Ragin (tp), Craig Harris (tb), John Purcell (as),
Adegoke Steve Colson (p), Wilbur Morris (b), Ralph Peterson Junior (d)

1. Train Whistle (Murray) 11:49
2. Morning Song (Murray) 10:09
3. New Life (Murray) 6:35
4. Blues In The Pocket (Murray) 11:14


World Saxophone Quartet
LIVE AT BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC

Black Saint 0096 (LP - 1986; CD - 1986)
Recorded December 6 & 7, 1985 live at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY

Julius Hemphill (as, ss), Oliver Lake (as, ss), David Murray (ts, bcl), Hamiet Bluiett (bs, ac)

1. One/Waltz Time (Hemphill) 3:51
2. Great Peace (Murray) 14:58
3. Kind'a Up (Lake) 3:50
4. Paper Works (Bluiett) 8:07
5. Open Air (for Tommy) (Hemphill) 10:14
6. Georgia Blue (Hemphill) 6:35


1986 
David Murray

I WANT TO TALK ABOUT YOU

Black Saint BSR 0105 (Italy) (LP - 1986; CD - 1989)
Recorded March 1, 1986 at Charlie's Tap, Boston

David Murray (ts), John Hicks (p), Ray Drummond (b), Ralph Peterson Junior (d)

1. Heart To Heart (JohMicks) 12:48
2. Quads (Drummond) 6:58
3. Red Car (Lawrence "Butch" Morris) 8:37
4. I Want To Talk About You (Eckstine) 13:40
5. Morning Song (Murray) 14:10


World Saxophone Quartet
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET PLAYS THE MUSIC OF DUKE ELLINGTON

Nonesuch 979 137 (CD - 1986)
Recorded April 1986 at RCA Studios, NYC

Julius Hemphill (as), Oliver Lake (as), David Murray (ts), Hamiet Bluiett (bs)

1. Take The "A" Train (Billy Strayhorn) 1:33
2. Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn) 6:30
3. Prelude To A Kiss (Duke Ellington) 2:43
4. Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington) 4:41
5. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (Duke Ellington) 6:02
6. Come Sunday (Duke Ellington) 7:36
7. In A Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington) 5:16
8. Take The "A" Train (Billy Strayhorn) 4:55


David Murray
N.Y.C 1986

DIW 802 (CD - 1986)
Recorded May 10, 1986 at Sound Ideas, NYC

David Murray (ts), James Blood Ulmer (g), Fred Hopkins (b), Sunny Murray (d)

1. Red Car (Butch Morris) 4:00
2. Long Goodbye (Butch Morris) 4:35
3. Kareem (Murray) 8:30
4. According To Webster (Murray) 11:15
5. Patricia (Murray) 9:35
6. Light Years (Murray) 14:15


David Murray & Jack DeJohnette
IN OUR STYLE

DIW 819 (Japan) (CD - 1986)
Recorded September 3 & 4, 1986 at Sound Ideas, NYC

David Murray (ts, bcl), Jack DeJohnette (d, p), Fred Hopkins (b - 1,4)

1. In Your Style ("Butch" Morris) 6:13
2. Tin Can Alley (DeJohnette) 5:30
3. Both Feet On The Ground (Murray) 5:01
4. The Dice ("Butch" Morris) 8:11
5. Pastel Rhapsody (DeJohnette) 6:28
6. Great Peace (Murray) 6:43
7. Kalimba (DeJohnette) 5:30


David Murray Trio
THE HILL

Black Saint 120 110 (Italy) (LP; CD)
Recorded November 29, 1986 at Sound Ideas Studios, NY

David Murray (ts, bcl), Richard Davis (b), Joe Chambers (d, vibes)

1. Santa Barbara And Crenshaw Follies (Murray) 8:25
2. The Hill (Murray) 9:00
3. Fling (Lawrence "Butch" Morris) 7:09
4. Take The Coltrane (Duke Ellington) 7:42
5. Herbie Miller (Murray) 5:52
6. Chelsea Bridge (Billy Strayhorn) 10:31


1987 
The Clarinet Summit

SOUTHERN BELLS

Black Saint 107 (LP)(CD)
Recorded March 29, 1987 at Golden Thumb Records, Atlanta, Georgia
Alvin Batiste (B-flat cl), John Carter (B-flat cl), Jimmy Hamilton (B-flat cl), David Murray (bcl)

1. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington, Bob Russell) (1:27)
2. Fluffy's Blues (Batiste) (13:37)
3. I Want To Talk About You (Billy Eckstine) (5:15)
4. Beat Box (Batiste) (4:51)
5. Southern Bells (John Carter) (8:44)
6. Perdido (Juan Tizol, Hans Lengsfelder, Ervin M. Drake) (6:23)
7. Mbizo (Murray) (6:01) 


World Saxophone Quartet
DANCES AND BALLADS

Elektra/Nonesuch 979 164-2 (CD - 1987)
Recorded April 1987 at RCA Studio A, NYC

Julius Hemphill (as, fl 2, ss 3, 7), Oliver Lake (as, ss 3, 7), David Murray (ts, bcl 9), Hamiett Bluiett (bcl, acl 2, 9)

1. Sweet D. (Hemphill) 6:26
2. For Lester (Murray) 4:12
3. Belly Up (Lake) 6:46
4. Cool Red (Hemphill) 5:03
5. Hattie Wall (Bluiett) 3:58
6. Adjacent (Lake) 4:42
7. West African Snap (Lake) 3:31
8. Full, Deep, and Mellow (Bluiett) 3:08
9. Dance Until Dawn (for Little Anthony) (Murray) 7:12
10. Fast Life (Murray) 3:01


David Murray Octet
HOPE SCOPE

Black Saint 120139 (Italy) (LP - 1991; CD - 1991)
Recorded May 12, 1987, A & R Recording Studios, New York City

David Murray (ts, bcl), Hugh Ragin (tp), Rasul Siddik (tp), Craig Harris (tb),
James Spaulding (as), Dave Burrell (p), Wilber Morris (b), Ralph Peterson, Jr. (d)

1. Ben (For Ben Webster) (Murray) 7:41
2. Same Places New Faces (Craig Harris) 9:03
3. Hope Scope (Murray) 8:23
4. Lester (For Lester Young) (Murray) 8:27
5. Thabo (Ralph Peterson, Jr.) 9:54


A Tribute to John Coltrane
BLUES FOR COLTRANE

Impulse 255392-1 (1988)
Recorded July 9, 1987

David Murray (ts), McCoy Tyner (p), Cecil McBee (b), Roy Haynes (d)

1. I want to talk about you (9:15)
2. Last of the hipmen (8:21)

Murray does not play on the other 5 tracks


David Murray & Randy Weston
THE HEALERS

Black Saint 120 118-2 (Italy) (LP -1987; CD - 1987)
Recorded September 26, 1987 at Seltzer Sound, NYC

David Murray (ts, bcl), Randy Weston (p)

1. Clever Beggar (Lawrence "Butch" Morris) 8:15
2. The Healers (Weston) 14:19
3. Mbizo (Murray) 6:12
4. Blue Moses (Weston) 14:49 


David Murray
THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE

Cecma 1009 (LP)
Recorded at Passport Recording Studios, New York
David Murray (ts, bcl), Hugh Ragin (tp, flh), Abdul Wadud (cello), Fred Hopkins (b)

1. Booty Butt Baboon Breakdown (5:10)
2. Thanks (10:14)
3. Mingus Eyes (8:45)
4. Kahil's Turnaround (8:16)
5. Capetown Strut / Kwelli: Dyani (10:42)


Kip Hanrahan
DAYS AND NIGHTS OF BLUE LUCK INVERTED

American Clave 1012 (LP - 1987; CD - 1998)

1. Love is Like a Cigarette
2. A Poker Game, Luck Inverts Itself; Four Swimmers
3. Gender
4. Marriage
5. American Clave
6. The First and Last to Love Me (2, December)
7. Unobtainable Days Unobtainable Nights


1988 
David Murray

DEEP RIVER

DIW 830 (Japan) (CD - 1989)
Recorded January 1988 at A & R Recording, New York City

David Murray (ts, bc), Dave Burrell (p), Fred Hopkins (b), Ralph Peterson Jr. (d)

1. Jazz (Is Back) (Lawrence "Butch" Morris) 7:09
2. Home (Murray) 10:02
3. Mbizo (Murray) 10:50
4. Theme 2A (Murray) 11:12
5. Dakar Dance (Murray) 5:28
6. Mr. P.C. (John Coltrane) 12:43
7. Deep River (traditional) 5:54


David Murray
LOVERS

DIW-814 (Japan) (CD)
Recorded January 1988 at A & R Recording, New York City

David Murray (ts), Dave Burrell (p), Fred Hopkins (b), Ralph Peterson, Jr. (d)

1. Teardrops For Jimmy - Dedicated to Jimmy Garrison (Burrell) 7:55
2. Lovers (Murray) 7:37
3. In A Sentimental Mood (Ellington) 8:46
4. Ming (Murray) 9:46
5. Water Colors (Ralph Peterson, Jr.) 6:45
6. Nalungo - For Nalungo Mwanga (Kunle Mwanga) 7:49


David Murray
BALLADS

DIW 840 (Japan) (CD - 1990)
Recorded January 1988 at A & R Recording, New York City

David Murray (ts), Dave Burrell (p), Fred Hopkins (b), Ralph Peterson Jr. (d)

1. Valley Talk (Dave Burrell) 7:11
2. Love In Resort (David Murray) 4:42
3. Ballad For The Black Man (David Murray) 10:59
4. Paradise Five (Dave Burrell) 8:16
5. Lady In Black (Ralph Peterson Jr.) 7:57
6. Sarah's Lament (Dave Burrell) 7:12


David Murray
SPIRITUALS

DIW 841 (Japan) (CD - 1990)
Recorded January 1988 at A & R Recording, New York City

David Murray (ts), Dave Burrell (p), Fred Hopkins (b), Ralph Peterson Jr. (d)

1. Amazing Grace (trad.) 5:40
2. Dave Blue (Dave Burrell) 7:47
3. Blues For My Sisters (David Murray) 8:!2
4. No Body Knows The Trouble I've Seen - Down By The Riverside (trad.) 4:21
5. Sunlit On A Dark Afternoon (David Murray) 6:28
6. Crucifixion (trad.) 5:21
7. Abel's Blissed Out Blues (Dave Burrell) 10:27


Music Revelation Ensemble
MUSIC REVELATION ENSEMBLE

DIW 825 (Japan) (CD - 1988)

James Blood Ulmer (g), David Murray (ts), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (b), Ronald Shannon Jackson (d)

1. Bodytalk (Ulmer) 12:43
2. Playtime (Ulmer) 11:33
3. Nisa (Ulmer) 11:53
4. Street Bride (Ulmer) 8:45
5. Blue For David (Ulmer) 5:01
6. Burn! (Ulmer) 8:41


David Murray
MING'S SAMBA

Portrait/CBS RK 44432 (CD - 1989)
Recorded July 20, 1988 at CBS Studios, New York

David Murray (ts, bcl), John Hicks (p), Ray Drummond (b), Ed Blackwell (d)

1. Ming's Samba (Murray)
2. Rememberin' Fats (for Fats Waller) (Murray)
3. Nowhere Everafter (Lawrence "Butch" Morris)
4. Spooning (Lawrence "Butch" Morris)
5. Walter's Waltz (Murray)


David Murray/Dave Burrell/Wilbur Morris/Victor Lewis
LUCKY FOUR

Tutu CD 888 108 (CD - 1989)
Recorded September 25,1988 at Trixi Studio, Munich
David Murray (ts.bcl), Dave Burell (p), Wilber Morris (b), Victor Lewis (d)

1.Valley Talk (Dave Burrell) 5:31
2.Chazz  (For Charles Mingus) (Wilbur Morris) 8:52
3.As I Woke (Wilbur Morris) 6:42
4.Strollin'  (For Jean Michel Basquiat) (Kunle Mwanga) 2:51
5.Abel's Blissed Out Blues (Dave Burrell) 10:34
6.Sharing (Wilnur Morris) 12:23


Cold Sweat
COLD SWEAT PLAYS J. B.

JMT 834 426-2 (CD - 1989)
Recorded November 1988 at Media Sound, NYC

Craig Harris (tb), Eddie E. J. Allen (tp), Booker T. Williams (ts), Kenny Rogers (as, ss), Clyde Criner (kybds),
Fred Wells (el g), Brandon Ross (el g), Alonzo Gardner (el b)
Guests: Kenyatte Abdur-Rahman (perc), Arthur Blythe (as), Olu Dara (c), David Murray (ts), Sekou Sundiata (vo)

1. Brown's Prance (Craig Harris) 0:52
2. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose (Charles Bobbitt) 6:50
3. It's A Man's World (James Brown, Bert Jones) 6:50
4. I Got The Feelin' (James Brown) 0:17
5. Brown's Dance (Craig Harris) 3:43
6. Showtime Medley 6:24
6.1. Funky Good Time (James Brown) 1:45
6.2 I Got The Feelin' (James Brown) 1:26
6.3 I Can't Stand It (James Brown) 0:56
6.4 Licking Stick (James Brown) 0:40
6.5 There Was A Time (James Brown) 1:37
7. Please, Please, Please (James Brown) 4:36
8. Try Me (James Brown) 3:39
9. Cold Sweat (James Brown) 7:26


World Saxophone Quartet
RHYTHM AND BLUES

Elektra/Musician 960 864-2 (CD - 1989)
Recorded November 1988 at RCA Studios, NYC

Julius Hemphill (as), Oliver Lake (as, ss 2), David Murray (ts, bcl 8), Hamiett Bluiett (bs, acl 8)

1. For The Love of Money (Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff) 4:!3
2. Let;s Get It On (ed Townsend) 5:33
3. I Heard That (Bluiett) 4:48
4. Loopology (Hemphill) 3:09
5. (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding, Steve Cropper) 4:30
6. Messin' With The Kid (Mel London) 4:05
7. Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Harry Woods, Reg Connelly) 6:30
8. Nemesis (Bluiett) 3:01


1989 
Kahil El'Zabar
GOLDEN SEA

Sound Aspects Records 027
Recorded January 28,1989 at Chicago
David Murray (ts,bcl), Kahil El'zabar (trap d, earth d, ashiko d, mbira, sanza, ankle bells, voc)

1.Golden Sea (10:50)
2.Dreams (5:55)
3.Sunrise Serenade (7:55)
4.Sweet Meat (7:40)
5.All Blues (10:10)
6.Song For A New South Africa (4:45) 


David Burrell/David Murray
DAYBREAK

Gazell GJCD 4002
Recorded March 30, 1989 at Morning Star Studio, Springhouse, PA
Dave Burrell (p), David Murray (ts, bcl)

1. Daybreak (Burrell) 12:03
2. Sketch #1 (Murray) 9:49
3. Blue Hour (Burrell) 13:45
4. Qasbah Rendezvous (Burrell) 8:21


Ralph Peterson
PRESENTS THE FO'TET

Blue Note 95475 (CD - 1991)
Recorded December 22 & 23, 1989 at A & R Recording, NYC

Don Byron (cl, bcl), Bryan Carrott (vbs), Melissa Slocum (b), Ralph Peterson (d),
David Murray (ts, bcl: 2, 6, 8), Frank Lacy (tb: 2, 6, 8)

1. Urban Omen (Bryan Carrott) 6:08
2. Thabo (Peterson) 7:15
3. Homegoing (For Lee Morgan) (Don Byron) 8:29
4. Axis Mundi (Peterson) 9:27
5. Ballad For Queen Tiye (Peterson) 4:25
6. Miss Lady (Melissa Slocum) 4:47
7. I Can Dream, Can't I? (Sammy Fain) 4:43
8. Confrontation (Frank Lacy) 10:41
9. Johnny Come Lately (Billy Strayhorn) 4:11 


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