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Murray, Sunny – “Sunshine ” – [Actuel]

Thurston Hunger   3/8/2007   12-inch, Jazz

Still making a splash these days, here is a session from Paris, 1969.
The roster on “Flower Trane” alone blows minds, Murray keeps things
bridled for a bit…but it’s a chomping bit, and soon solos are flying
but the horns carry the beat and Murray is off on a galactic crush of
cymbal crashing. Nice example of the simple and complex coexisting in
a chaotic state. Not to mention a nod to one of the many amazing artists
that Murray has had the fortune to work with, and vice versa surely.
Alber Ayler, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp who is even part of the surge
on “Flower Trane.” “Real” sounds almost like Murray and tenor Kenneth
Terroade caught the recording engineer by surprise. This one leaps into
the fray, unlike the mantra laid on “Flower Trane.” Terroade is angles
and edges, and no notes is delivered in a round form, everything is
sliced…and sliced quickly. The closer “Red Cross” had a nice breathing
couple of notes in its anchor and then a kind of short sprawl, this
catchy melody bed is laid down, but freedom reigns supreme from the
bottom of Murray’s bass drum to the tops of horns wailing. A stellar
blast of a record, with Murray maybe not the spotlight, but certainly
the center (Alan Silva’s on here, AACM types, Dave Burrell helps lock
that “Red Cross” melody in as well…). A dose of crescendoes…

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