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David Murray leads his Cuban Ensemble at Winter Jazzfest 2012.
David Murray leads his Cuban Ensemble at Winter Jazzfest 2012. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com
Surprise! We recorded two shows at the NYC Winter Jazzfest on Saturday night, both featuring a one-song video excerpt. We're happy to present them to you now.
The David Murray Cuban Ensemble, at least the New York City version, represents the latest chapter from the prolific saxophonist. It's a large ensemble which knows Afro-Cuban music down pat. (Some members are from Cuba.) It's been tasked with elevating music of Nat King Cole's Spanish-language albums. And the role of Cole is played by one of the best soloists in the game. More info on this project here, or just hear the concert. [NPR Music: David Murray Cuban Ensemble: Live In Concert]
The Vijay Iyer Trio preceded David Murray on stage. If you were there — well, first you would have waited in line around the block, but if you got in, you know Le Poisson Rouge was packed to the gills, almost uncomfortably so. Naturally, it was a fever pitch environment when the band previewed a few cuts from its upcoming album Accelerando, plus a few more tunes besides. ("Hood" is so good, y'all.) Crushing beats for everyone! [NPR Music: Vijay Iyer Trio: Live In Concert]
For more coverage of this year's WJF, check out our recap and preview.