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It’s easy to talk about the way jazz developed in the 1970s and ’80s without mentioning saxophonist David Murray, and many have done it – it was a quicksilver time for the music, and there’s lots of ground to cover. But that would be an act of vast omission. Murray came to New York in 1975, when the loft jazz scene was spreading an ethos of self-sustainment and assertiveness throughout lower Manhattan, and quickly became a centerpiece of that world. He opened his own loft space, Studio Infinity, and became a founding member of the influential World Saxophone Quartet. He was a disciple of the shrieking, torrential saxophonist Albert Ayler, but in Murray’s wide wavelengths of vibrato and his fierce tone you can hear the entire lineage of saxophone protagonism that preceded him, from Coleman Hawkins through John Coltrane.
He’s been working with Baltimorian pianist Lafayette Gilchrist, one of the boldest visionaries in creative music in the region, for the last several months. He teams with him as well as some other all-stars from the region – the powerful bassist Herman Burney and the reeling drummer Eric Kennedy – to perform in a new group. Their show will be broadcast by An Die Musik Live.
The link to the livestream will be emailed once you’ve purchased a ticket.