2018-01-17 Sunny Murray

Sunny Murray

Sunny Murray by Sunny Murray.

Sunny Murray’s first album as a leader from 1966. Fresh from playing with Cecil Taylor and Albert Ayler, Murray’s drumming here continues that work and expands upon it.

A great release, long songs giving everyone space to interact. The contributions of Lancaster, Graham, and Silva are particularly notable. Bonus for a song named “Giblet”. The only downside, and the funny thing about digital music, is that you never know how much care the various providers will take with ripping the music. This album pretty horribly ripped, with very low levels, apparently directly from a rather scratchy vinyl album. You can actually hear the needle drop on side two. I believe ESP Disk’ has since remastered and expanded this release, so look for that edition, if you can find it.

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2017-01-12 An Even Break (Never Give a Sucker)

An Even Break (Never Give a Sucker

An Even Break (Never Give a Sucker) by Sonny Murray.

A most excellent exercise in poetry and freedom from the late Mr Murray and compatriots circa 1969. Great blowing from Lancaster and Terroade, fine bass work from Mr Favors, and Mr Murray holds it down. It sounds like a much larger ensemble than it is.

I just wish it was longer, I could listen to this all day.

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