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Mcmurray, Dave / Music Is Life
Album:Music Is Life Collection:Jazz
Artist:Mcmurray, Dave Added:May 2018
Label:Blue Note Records 

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Add Date:2018-05-30 Pull Date:2018-08-01 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Jul 29Jul 22Jul 15Jun 24Jun 3

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Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2018-05-26 
Reviewed: 2018-05-26
Genre: Jazz
FCCs: none
Review: McMurray not only plays soprano and tenor saxophones but also keyboards, percussion, bass clarinet, & electronic programming, With minimum keyboard and string accompaniments on a few tunes, the music boasts an open, rugged sensibility that optimizes the leader’s burly tone and swaggering lyricism. creating a cohesive program of groove-based modern jazz that bristles with unalloyed soul.
If You Like: Yusef Lateef, James Carter, Kenny Garrett, Kamasi Washington
Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
*1/ Naked Walk (4:24) – sax starts, loud, brash, & strutting> midtempo jam> sax solo> uptempo jam> quick stop
*2/ Music Is Life (Live It) (4:56) – drums start> midtempo jam over a funk groove> sax solo> midtempo jam> sax solo> midtempo jam> quick stop
3/ Seven Nation Army (4:20) – sax starts> midtempo jam> sax solo swings into uptempo jam then mellows again> crescendo end
*4/ After The Storm (5:16) – sax starts smooth then swings into choppy solo> midtempo jam> false stop> midtempo jam> sax solo swings out> midtempo jam> quick fade
**5/ Freedom Ain’t Free (4:11) – drums/percussion/bass starts> uptempo swinging jam with a middle eastern vibe> sax solo swings wild> uptempo jam> percussion solo> midtempo jam> quick fade
6/ Time #5 (4:52) – sax starts hesitatingly> midtempo jam> sax solo> false stop> midtempo jam> quick stop
*7/ Atomic Dog (3:59) – sax starts> strutting funky midtempo jam> quick stop
*8/ Paris Rain (6:42) – drums start> slow jam builds to midtempo> soaring sax solo> midtempo jam> quick fade
9/ Que Je T’aime (3:35) – sax starts> slow jam swings to midtempo> sax solo> midtempo jam>
*10/ Bop City D (4:10) – drums start> midtempo jam> sax solo> bass solo> midtempo jam> quick stop
*11/ Turo’s Dream (4:55) – drums start> uptempo jam> sax solo> uptempo jam> false stop> drum solo> uptempo jam> quick fade
*12/ Detroit Dream/ Detroit 3 (4:44) – drums/sax start> wild uptempo jam> false stop> uptempo jam> sax solo> uptempo jam> quick stop

Track Listing
1.Naked Walk 7.Atomic Dog
2.Music Is Life (Live It) 8.Paris Rain
3.Seven Nation Army 9.Que Je T'aime
4.After The Storm 10.Bop City D
5.Freedom Ain't Free 11.Turo's Dream
6.Time #5 12.Detroit Theme/Detroit 3