Grammy winner David Murray is considered by many to be one of the most important and versatile saxophonists, composers and bandleaders in modern jazz. Rising in the New York loft jazz scene in the 1970s, as co-founder of the World Saxophone Quartet and versatile guarantor of musical integrity also popular in Europe, later also with “The Grateful Dead” or “The Roots”. He lives in New York, but retreats from time to time to his wonderful estates in Paris and Portugal.
More than 150 albums have been produced under his own name, and he has performed as sideman on an additional 100 albums. His idols are the saxophonists Paul Gonzales, Lester Young and Ben Webster. His overtone-rich playing, his virtuoso overblowing techniques and his experience in gospel, avant-garde, rock and funk give him an enormous musical toolbox.
Jazz trombonist Paul Zauner already played two tours with David Murray’s band “Last of the Hipmen” in the late 80s. After a successful summer tour in 2017, in which the Finanzial Times, among others, spoke of an “Epic Concert” in London, David Murray made the proposal to produce and arrange a studio recording with Paul Zauner’s Blue Brass feat. David Murray. Some of the compositions are also by David Murray, as well as a piece by Clemens Salesny and 2 pieces by Butch Morris.