Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Murray McNabb reissue

Via Graham Reid, who writes : "The late Murray McNabb was proud of these recordings (despite the financial cost) done in New York in 1990 and, in an interview just a month before his death he mentioned them as a high point in a long career.

He had gone to New York - the first and only time I believe -- and hooked up with bassist Ron McClure and drummer Adam Nussbaum whom he'd met when they'd toured in New Zealand with Dave Liebman's group....

.... The session lasted eight hours but the album only appeared on cassette at the time (if I remember correctly) so this long overdue CD reissue is very welcome. For those who are only familiar with McNabb's jazz fusion work in Space Case and Dr Tree -- or his astral flight elelctronics with Band R, Salon Kingsadore and other later projects -- this acoustic trio album captures him exploring the language of the piano trio jazz and some material here (the stately Anthem for example) sound like entries into a contemporary standards songbook.

The Sarang Bang label has a number of other McNabb projects in the works (the Band R album The End is the Beginning also currently reissued), including the release of his final recordings with drummer Gibson and the group Salon Kingsadore."

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