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The octet is perfect for David Murray as an outlet for his writing, a showcase for his compositions, and an inspiring vehicle for his tenor and bass clarinet solos. For the third octet album (all are highly recommended), Murray meets up with quite a talented group of individuals: altoist Henry Threadgill, trumpeter Bobby Bradford, cornetist Butch Morris, trombonist Craig Harris, pianist Curtis Clark, bassist Wilber Morris, and drummer Steve McCall. Their interpretations of four of Murray's originals — "Murray's Steps," "Sweet Lovely," "Sing Song," and "Flowers for Albert" — are emotional, adventurous, and exquisite (sometimes all three at the same time).
Born: 19 February 1955 in Berkeley, CA
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s