- Released: December 31, 1986
- Label: Black Saint
- 2.Bechet's Bounce
- 4.Duet for Big Band
Personnel: David Murray (bass clarinet, tenor saxophone); John Purcell (clarinet, alto saxophone); Steve Coleman (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Baikida Carroll (trumpet); Olu Dara (cornet); Vincent Chancey (French horn); Craig Harris (trombone); Bob Stewart (tuba); Rod Williams (piano); Billy Higgins (drums, percussion).
Recording information: Sweet Basil, New York, NY (08/24/1984-08/26/1984).
The first in the series of two live recordings from August of 1984, LIVE AT SWEET BASIL VOL. 1 shows David Murray and his players to be supremely competent in performing a wide spectrum of jazz styles, both past and present. "Bechet's Bounce" swings hard with beautiful bass clarinet work from Murray and a toe-tapping rhythm courtesy of Billy Higgins. "Lovers," the album's opening track, is a romantic ballad reminiscent of Mingus or even Ellington, while "Silence" evokes the work of Ornette Coleman. "Duet for Big Band" is an epic and complex composition with outstanding playing and energy from the horn section.
Throughout Murray's career, he has experimented with a broad range of group configurations, including his renowned World Saxophone Quartet and the David Murray Octet. The David Murray Big Band garnered much praise for this tribute to and reinvention of Big Band Jazz, and this recording shows the praise to be well deserved.