Friday, June 28, 2013

David Murray - Be My Monster Love (Motema, 2013)

Saxophonist David Murray’s latest project is an album that mixes instrumental tracks with his Infinity Quartet: Marc Cary on piano, Jaribu Shahid on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums (and Bobby Bradford sitting in on cornet for one song.) The other half of the recording has the quartet supporting singers Macy Gray and Gregory Porter. I must admit that am not a big fan of “jazz” singers, although Gray is more of an R&B performer, who sings the bizarre lyrics to the title track, “Be My Monster Love.” Porter’s roots appear to be in gospel as evidenced by his singing on “Army of the Faithful” where Cray switches to testifying organ and Porter sings with the fervor of a preacher. Murray gets a couple of opening for tenor saxophone as well. The purely instrumental tracks were the most interesting for me, like the strongly swinging “French Kiss For Valerie” and “Sorrow Song” to the very exciting highlight “Stressology” where Murray digs in for a deep and powerful tenor saxophone solo. Be My Monster Love -

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