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Music Is Life

Dave McMurray

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A good contact goes a long way. Don Was being the boss at Blue Note, he didn’t have to think long before signing Dave McMurray who had been his saxophonist in the band Was (Not Was)… Despite their bond and this new hierarchical link, the label’s president left his recruit completely free for this delightful Music Is Life. “I know Dave plays extremely well, Don Was explained. There’s no bullshit with him! He’s not the kind of musician who just drops his plans gratuitously to impress everyone. It’s only sincerity with him.” To construct his album’s repertoire, Dave McMurray decided to combine original compositions with a few well-chosen, at times surprising covers like George Clinton’s Atomic Dog, the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army and even Johnny Hallyday’s Que je t’aime! With bassist Ibrahim Jones and drummers Ron Otis and Jeff Canady on his sides, he mixes frontal and percussive jazz with corrosive soul and gritty blues music. His saxophone starts from the guts, and aims right back for them! A proper chameleon (he played with B.B. King, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Hallyday, Gladys Knight, Albert King, Nancy Wilson, Bootsy Collins, Herbie Hancock, Geri Allen, Bob James and countless others), he manages to retain his own voice, no matter the partition he tackles. © Clotilde Maréchal/Qobuz

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1
Naked Walk
00:04:24

Dave McMurray, Producer, Tenor Saxophone, Co-Mixer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Carlos Gunn, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David McMurray, ComposerLyricist - Ron Otis, Drums, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Riley, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ibrahim Jones, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc

2
Music Is Life (Live It)
00:04:56

Dave McMurray, Producer, Saxophone, Co-Mixer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Carlos Gunn, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David McMurray, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Canady, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Riley, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ibrahim Jones, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc

3
Seven Nation Army
00:04:20

Jack White, ComposerLyricist - Dave McMurray, Producer, Saxophone, Co-Mixer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Carlos Gunn, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Canady, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ibrahim Jones, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc

4
After The Storm
00:05:16

Dave McMurray, Producer, Saxophones, Co-Mixer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Carlos Gunn, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David McMurray, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Canady, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Riley, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ibrahim Jones, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc

5
Freedom Ain't Free
00:04:11

Dave McMurray, Producer, Additional Keyboards, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Saxophones, Voice, Co-Mixer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Carlos Gunn, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David McMurray, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Canady, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ibrahim Jones, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc

6
Time #5
00:04:52

Dave McMurray, Producer, Saxophone, Co-Mixer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Carlos Gunn, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David McMurray, ComposerLyricist - Ron Otis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ibrahim Jones, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc

7
Atomic Dog
00:03:59

Garry Shider, ComposerLyricist - David Spradley, ComposerLyricist - George Clinton, ComposerLyricist - Dave McMurray, Producer, Saxophones, Co-Mixer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Carlos Gunn, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Canady, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ibrahim Jones, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc

8
Paris Rain
00:06:13

Dave McMurray, Producer, Bass Clarinet, Keyboards, Saxophone, Co-Mixer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Carlos Gunn, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David McMurray, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Canady, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Riley, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ibrahim Jones, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Maurice "Pirahnahead" Herd Soulchestra, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc

9
Que Je T'aime
00:03:35

Lucien Thibaut, ComposerLyricist - JEAN RENARD, ComposerLyricist - Dave McMurray, Producer, Saxophones, Co-Mixer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Carlos Gunn, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Canady, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Riley, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ibrahim Jones, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc

10
Bop City D
00:04:10

Dave McMurray, Producer, Tenor Saxophone, Co-Mixer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Carlos Gunn, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David McMurray, ComposerLyricist - Ron Otis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ibrahim Jones, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc

11
Turo's Dream
00:04:55

Dave McMurray, Producer, Saxophone, Co-Mixer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Carlos Gunn, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David McMurray, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Canady, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Riley, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ibrahim Jones, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc

12
Detroit Theme/Detroit 3
00:03:44

Dave McMurray, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophones, Co-Mixer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Carlos Gunn, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David McMurray, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Canady, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Riley, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ibrahim Jones, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc

Album Description

A good contact goes a long way. Don Was being the boss at Blue Note, he didn’t have to think long before signing Dave McMurray who had been his saxophonist in the band Was (Not Was)… Despite their bond and this new hierarchical link, the label’s president left his recruit completely free for this delightful Music Is Life. “I know Dave plays extremely well, Don Was explained. There’s no bullshit with him! He’s not the kind of musician who just drops his plans gratuitously to impress everyone. It’s only sincerity with him.” To construct his album’s repertoire, Dave McMurray decided to combine original compositions with a few well-chosen, at times surprising covers like George Clinton’s Atomic Dog, the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army and even Johnny Hallyday’s Que je t’aime! With bassist Ibrahim Jones and drummers Ron Otis and Jeff Canady on his sides, he mixes frontal and percussive jazz with corrosive soul and gritty blues music. His saxophone starts from the guts, and aims right back for them! A proper chameleon (he played with B.B. King, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Hallyday, Gladys Knight, Albert King, Nancy Wilson, Bootsy Collins, Herbie Hancock, Geri Allen, Bob James and countless others), he manages to retain his own voice, no matter the partition he tackles. © Clotilde Maréchal/Qobuz

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