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Last updated 23 April 2000

This page is an offshoot of my David Murray Home Page. Due to the now extensive career of the World Saxophone Quartet which spans some twenty years and in order to keep my main site uncluttered, I have now set up this separate site.

I first saw the World Saxophone Quartet in concert in my home town of Brisbane, Australia in 1991. I have followed them since the mid 80s.

I would like my site to be as complete and accurate as possible hence any additions, corrections and suggestions are welcome.

The World Saxophone Currently Consists of:

David Murray
John Purcell
Oliver Lake
Hamiett Bluiett

Past members include:

Julius Hemphill (now deceased)
Arthur Blythe 


World Saxophone Quartet in The Queen St. Mall, Brisbane, Australia 1991
David Murray, Arthur Blythe, Oliver Lake and Hamiett Bluiett

Point of No Return Moers Music 1034 1977
Steppin' With The W.S.Q. Black Saint 0027 1979
W.S.Q. Black Saint 0046 1981
Revue Black Saint 0056 1982
Live In Zurich Black Saint 0077 1984
Live At Brooklyn Academy of Music Black Saint 0096 1986
W.S.Q. Plays Duke Ellington Elektra/Nonesuch 979 137 1986
Dances And Ballads Elektra/Nonesuch 979 164 1987
Rhythm And Blues Elektra/Musician 960 864 1989
Metamorphosis Elektra/Nonesuch 979 258 1990
Breath of Life (With Fontella Bass) Elektra/Nonesuch 979 309 199?
Moving Right Along Black Saint 120127 1994

Thankyou for assistance to Michael Fitzgerald who has an excellent jazz site with a large number of discographies and many useful links:

WSQ articles appear in the following issues of Down Beat:

September 1996 - "New Life After Julius" by Herb Boyd

Coming soon ... more exclusive photos of the WSQ in Australia in 1991 for an appearance at the Brisbane Bi-Ennial Festival.

Go back to the David Murray Home Page

You might also like to check out my other pages:

Marcel Safier's Jazz Home Page

or go straight to:

Andrew Hill Discography/Sessionography

George Adams Discography/Sessiongraphy

Von Freeman Discography/Sessionography

Charles Tolliver Discography/Sessionography

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