David Murray: I Want to Talk About You


I Want to Talk About You


David Murray (tenor sax)


I Want to Talk About You (Black Saint 0105)

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David Murray (tenor sax), John Hicks (piano), Ray Drummond (bass),

Ralph Peterson, Jr. (drums)


Composed by Billy Eckstine


Recorded: Boston, March 1, 1986


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Tenor saxophonist David Murray puts his lush, Ben Webster-ish ballad tone to good use on "I Want to Talk About You," singer/composer Billy Eckstine's re-working of Erroll Garner's "Misty." Accompanied by a top-drawer straight-ahead rhythm section (John Hicks on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, and Ralph Peterson, Jr. on drums), Murray ratchets down his free jazz inclinations in favor of a melodic, relatively conservative approach. That's not to say he's simply running the changes; he makes his share of oddball melodic choices, but they're sensitively rendered and contextually sound. He walks the harmonic tightrope with focused assurance. His improvisation is finely nuanced, its twists and turns constantly surprising. John Hicks lends additional elegance, while Drummond and Peterson goad and submit in just the right proportion. A lovely performance.

Reviewer: Chris Kelsey

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