David Murray – Special Quartet {Columbia}

David Murray – Special Quartet {Columbia}

Post-Bop, Avant-Garde Jazz, Tenor Saxophone

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

When one reads the personnel on this CD, the potential seems enormous: tenor saxophonist David Murray, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Fred Hopkins, and drummer Elvin Jones. Murray was a good choice for the tenor slot because, although influenced by John Coltrane’s adventurous spirit, he has never sounded like Coltrane, coming closer to the Ben Webster/Paul Gonsalves tradition but with a style of his own.

In addition to Trane’s “Cousin Mary” and “In a Sentimental Mood” (which Coltrane had recorded with Duke Ellington, and Murray takes as a duet with Tyner), the music includes three of the tenor’s originals (including “3-D Family”) and a Butch Morris song.

The fresh material really pushes Tyner, who mostly sticks to standards with his own trio, while Jones sounds as passionate as usual. A successful outing full of mutual inspiration, this CD is easily recommended.

01. Cousin Mary (7:33)
02. Hope / Scope (10:51)
03. La Tina Lee (6:04)
04. Dexter’s Dues (6:37)
05. In a Sentimental Mood (10:24)
06. 3D Family (9:28)

David Murray – tenor saxophone
McCoy Tyner – piano
Fred Hopkins – bass
Elvin Jones – drums

Produced by Bob Thiele
Coordinated by Kazunori Sugiyama
Executive Producer: Disk Union
Series Coordinator: Kevin Gore
Recorded by Harvey Goldberg
Recorded March 26, 1990 at Soundtrack, NY
Assistant Engineer: Chris Trevett

Mixed by Jim Anderson and Kazunori Sugiyama
Mixed on June 6-7, 1990 at Effanel Towers, NY
Assistant Engineer: John Harris

Cover Photo: Hashimoto/NYC
Cover Design: DIW Design Room
Liner notes by Jon W. Poses

1991, Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

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