Jazzosaurus Rex

David Murray

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Jazzosaurus Rex Review

by Scott Yanow

Two songtitles on this CD ("Jazzosaurus Rex" and "Dinosaur Park Blues") try to make a connection between David Murray's music and the recent movie Jurassic Park but, despite that dubious attempt at commercialism, this is actually a fairly typical Murray modern mainstream outing. Accompanied by pianist John Hicks, bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Andrew Cyrille, Murray's playing is consistently exciting whether tearing into the rhythm changes of "The Eternal Triangle," playing ferocious doubletime lines on his "Mingus in the Poconos" or showing off his huge tone on "Chelsea Bridge." The poet G'ar's narration on a blues "Now He's Miles Away" (a tribute to Miles Davis) is a bit trivial but only a minor flaw for this worthwhile David Murray set.

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