David Murray Cuban Ensemble: Live In Concert The omnivorous saxophonist re-imagines Nat King Cole's Spanish-language albums as regal Latin jazz. Hear a live concert with a 10-piece band, recorded at the 2012 NYC Winter Jazzfest.

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David Murray Cuban Ensemble: Live In Concert

Saxophonist David Murray is a musical omnivore, and a particularly ravenous one: He can improvise his way through any conceivable setting, often with a full-bodied, ursine strength. Lately, he's directed his energies toward Nat King Cole's Spanish-language albums, as collected on the recent album David Murray Cuban Ensemble Plays Nat King Cole En Español. It's a way of investigating his and his wife's cultural histories — Afro-American and Spanish-Cuban, respectively — but it's also a communion with like-minded Cuban musicians.

At the 2012 NYC Winter Jazzfest, Murray called together nine New York-based players, some of Cuban descent, to perform this repertoire at Le Poisson Rouge. All are crack soloists or rhythmatists, though none more so than their leader, who does his best to embody Cole's voice with all due regal authority.

Set List

  • "El Bodeguero" (R. Egues)
  • "Black Nat" (Murray) [video highlight]
  • "Cachito" (C. Velázquez)
  • "Aqui Se Habla En Amor" (J. Murray)

Personnel

  • David Murray, tenor saxophone
  • Antonio Zamora, alto saxophone
  • Jay Rodriguez, tenor saxophone
  • Dennis Yuri Hernandez, trumpet
  • Shareef Clayton, trumpet
  • Terry Greene II, trombone
  • Edgar Pantoja Aleman, piano
  • Jaribu Shahid, bass
  • Eddy Mauricio Herrera Tamayo, drums
  • Yusnier Sanchez Bustamante, percussion

Credits

Producers: Mito Habe-Evans, Patrick Jarenwattananon; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann, Keith Jenkins. Recorded Jan. 7, 2012 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York, N.Y.

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