Mike Murley

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Mike Murley, one of the top saxophonists in Canada, has been careful to document his music fairly extensively for a variety of local labels. He is well showcased on this quartet outing with pianist Dave Restivo, bassist Jim Vivian and drummer Ted Warren, performing five of his tricky but logical originals (including "Dig Diz" and the four-part "Suite Sixties") and "Someone to Watch Over Me." Murley (who doubles here on tenor and soprano) has a distinctive tone, and his style is between hard bop and fairly free jazz. Excellent music.