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Jazz, Soul/R&B
June 17, 2013

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An exciting, R&B-infused jazz album from Grammy Award winning composer/saxophonist David Murray, which features an A-list quartet and standout vocal contributions from platinum-selling Grammy winner Macy Gray and twice Grammy-nominated soul/jazz sensation Gregory Porter.

David Murray is considered by many to be among the greatest and most versatile saxophonists, composers and bandleaders the U.S.A has produced. In Murray's four-decade career of prolific output, 'Be My Monster Love' is among his most innovative and fully developed works. It is also Murray's first quartet album in six years. In addition to Murray on tenor sax, the band consists of fellow Motéma artist Marc Cary on piano, Jaribu Shahid on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums.

In addition to introducing a new band and featuring two exceptional singers, the album includes contributions by three distinguished writers. Instead of liner notes, the package includes 'A Dangerous Kind of Love', a short story by the novelist Robert Wilson, winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award, Britain's most prestigious crime fiction honour. The story is inspired by the haunting imagery of the title track, whose lyrics, along with those of two songs sung by Porter, were penned by Ishmael Reed. Last Poets member Abiodun Oyewole wrote the lyrics to "About the Children," sung by Gregory Porter.

Personnel: David Murray (tenor saxophone), Marc Cary (piano), Jaribu Shahid (bass), Nasheet Waits (drums), Macy Gray, Gregory Porter (vocals), Bobby Bradford (cornet)

Press Quotes

(4 stars) It is the quality of the composing - above all the richness of the melodies - that makes this album one of Murray's most immediately appealing.

Jazzwise, (Kevin Le Gendre), July 2013

(4 stars) Saxophonist Murray is the most exciting live performer in jazz...this is a return to form.

The Independent On Sunday, (Phil Johnson), June 16, 2013

(4 stars) David Murray's new quartet has the spring and sparkle of a blowing session in a 70s Manhattan loft... blues-rooted, purposeful and tight, with Murray's fire and virtuosity matched by that of his guests.

Financial Times, (Mike Hobart), June 14, 2013

(4 stars) The pairing of avant-garde maven David Murray with idiosyncratic R&B diva Macy Gray might seem an odd one, but their collaboration on the languorous title track is an inspired one...Gregory Porter works his alchemy on three outstanding vocal cuts.

MOJO, (Charles Waring), August 2013

(4 stars) Amid a slew of deeply serious jazz releases, it's refreshing to come across an album of irrepressible optimism...Murray's heartfelt tenor sax adds to the fervour.

The Daily Telegraph, (Ivan Hewett), June 22, 2013

Murray's air-splitting exuberance is complemented by inventive piano playing from Marc Cary. But it's the guest vocals, from Macy Gray and Gregory Porter, that might attract new listeners, with Porter calling to mind Nina Simone, Gil Scott Heron and Leon Thomas at their most soulfully eloquent.

The Herald, (Rob Adams), June 23, 2013

Murray's inventiveness on the fast-swinging Stressology and rich ballad sound on Sorrow Song are highlights on a session in which a fine quartet including pianist Marc Cary is augmented by vocalists Gregory Porter and Macy Gray...is rousingly raw on the title track.

The Guardian, (John Fordham), June 14, 2013

There may be guest vocalists but Murray's tenor saxophone is the real star, a fruity mix of vintage swing and free-ish jazz on these bluesy, gospel-ish tunes.

The Times, (John Bungey), June 29, 2013

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Key Value
Catalogue number 233724
Barcode 0885150337240
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 62g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 7mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. French Kiss for Valarie -
2. Be My Monster Love (feat. Macy Gray) -
3. Stressology -
4. Army of the Faithful (feat. Gregory Porter) -
5. Sorrow Song -
6. About the Children (feat. Gregory Porter) -
7. The Graduate (feat. Bobby Bradford) -
8. Hope is a Thing with Feathers (feat. Gregory Porter) -