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David Murray 4Tet & Strings: Waltz Again

David Murray may have recorded more than any 50-year-old musician in the history of jazz. His discography is approaching 150 entries. He has survived the overexposure because, on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, he has always had the goods. While his intervallic blasts, slurred glissandi and harmonic jaggedness recall his outcat youth, Murray has mellowed. His more extreme devices are now colorful details within somewhat kinder, gentler musical designs.

Waltz Again is ambitious. It contains five compositions for a large ensemble containing Murray’s 4Tet (pianist Lafayette Gilchrist, bassist Jaribu Shahid and drummer Hamid Drake) plus five violins, two violas, two cellos and contrabass. The centerpiece is the 26-minute “Pushkin Suite,” in seven movements.

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