David Murray and Norwegian group – live, Kongsberg Jazz Festival, July 7, 2010
David Murray played live with the Norwegian quintet “Lonely Woman” in Kongsberg, Norway recently performing the group´s numbers especially composed for the occation. In addition David Murray´s own “Kiama” and “Hong Kong Nights” were highlighted. The concert lasted more than two hours. The group consisted of Mr. Murray on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet with group members playing, among other instruments, bass, drums, saxophone, flute, trumpet and piano. The interplay was based both on written scores and improvisations. This group, without much previous playing together, seemed tight and organized.
Mr. Murray played in an excellent way – utilizing circular breathing, false fingering and overtones both when playing slowly and on up tempo compositions. His technique never overshadowed his feeling for the music, both when it comes to more be-bop oriented sounds as well as free-form soundscapes. This concert was a very nice preamble to the festival which features McCoy Tyner, Joe Levano and Bill Frisell just to give an impression of its artistic profile.