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Jazz - Released May 18, 2018 | Blue Note

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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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Contemporary Jazz - Released December 1, 2011 | Dave McMurray

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Jazz - Released September 23, 2014 | Personnal Records

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Jazz - Released July 26, 2005 | Hip Bop

This compilation by Dave McMurray is drawn from the saxophonist's three albums for HipBop Records -- Peace of Mind (1999), Soul Searching (2001), and Nu Life Stories (2003). Nothing has been licensed from his first album, The Dave McMurray Show (1995), released on Warner Bros. Records. Two tracks, "My Brother and Me" and "The Jazz Life," have been remixed, and there are three previously unreleased tracks, "Feel the Need," "Just an Illusion," and a version of the Marvin Gaye hit "I Want You." McMurray, who earns a credit for programming in addition to playing tenor, soprano, and alto sax on different tracks, is very much involved in the creation of the contemporary jazz sound of the music, with its electronic percussion backing tracks and frequent prominent vocals from several different singers. But he rarely gets lost in the shuffle, unlike some of his contemporary jazz peers, and his playing displays considerable bite and invention, not just providing slight variations on the melodies, but often going off in interesting directions. Some key guest stars, notably Bob James and George Duke, also make strong contributions. Still, this is music that will best be appreciated by contemporary jazz fans, while more traditional listeners will be put off by its cross-genre tendencies. © William Ruhlmann /TiVo
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Acid Jazz - Released January 6, 2014 | Personall Records

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Jazz - Released July 26, 2005 | Hip Bop

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Jazz - Released May 20, 2003 | Hip Bop

The music on saxophonist David McMurray's release is generally funky, utilizes electronic percussion on many of the tracks, and is often quite commercial. Despite all of that, McMurray consistently shows that he is a fine saxophonist, particularly on tenor. His playing is a little reminiscent of Grover Washington, Jr. style-wise, although he has his own sound. McMurray is in particularly strong form on "Bob Your Head" and "Big Dreams," making up for a couple tracks that have throwaway R&B vocals. So while McMurray uplifts this idiom, he also consistently shows that he is a better musician than much of the music he is performing. Hopefully he will have future opportunities to stretch out more and really show what he can do. © Scott Yanow /TiVo
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Jazz - Released August 28, 2001 | Hip Bop

On Soul Searching, the originals are mostly trivial dance tracks, but saxophonist David McMurray shows a strong personality in his solos. At times he hints at Grover Washington, Jr., and clearly he can play. His backup group, which includes such notables as trumpeter Mark Isham, keyboardist Bob James and bassist Marcus Miller, mostly sounds pretty anonymous with the focus being on the leader except for a few throwaway R&B vocals. However, McMurray's consistently worthy solos make one wish that he were featured in a more stimulating setting than this set of danceable background music. © Scott Yanow /TiVo