JazzTimes - 8/03, p.145
"...There is much excitement here....Murray, Bluiett and Harris generate lots of aggressive energy..."
Personnel: David Murray (leader, tenor saxophone); Roman Feliu O'Reilly, Ernesto Varona Rodriguez German, Velasco Urdeliz (alto saxophone); Irvin Luichel Acao, Orlando Shanchez Soto (tenor saxophone); Moises Marquez Loyva, Hamiet Bluiett (baritone saxophone); Elpidio Chappotin Elgado, Alexander Brown Cabrera, Rafael Gavilan (trumpet); Leonardo Alarcon, Sergio Ricardo Luna, Denis Cuni Rodriguez, Craig Harris (trombone); Jose Luis Cortez, Kahil-Ikshr (flute); Roberto Julio, Carcasses Colon, Tony Perez, Emilio Morales (piano); Feliciano Arango Noa, Narciso Jorge, Reyes Hernandez (bass); Olivier Valdes Rey, Giraldo Piloto (drums); Evelio Ramos Delfin, Tomas Ramos Ortiz (congas); Jose Luis Quintana (timbales).
Recorded at Sound On Sound Studios, New York, New York between April 2001 & June 2002. Includes liner notes by Jacques Denis.
Personnel: David Murray (bass clarinet, tenor saxophone); Kahil Ikshr Smith, Jose Luis Cortez (flute); Orlando Sanchez Soto (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Ernesto Varona Rodriguez German, Velasco Urdeliz, Valazco Urdeliz, Cesar Lopez Martinez, German Fermin (alto saxophone); Orlando Sanchez, Irving Michel Acao Sierra (tenor saxophone); Moises Marquez Loyva, Hamiet Bluiett (baritone saxophone); Carmelo Andr‚s, Alexander Brown Cabrera, Elpidio Chapottin, Hugh Ragin, Cristobal Ferrer (trumpet); Craig Harris, Heikel Fabian Triminio, Rafael Gavilan, Leonardo Alarcon Henville, Sergio Ricardo Luna, Denis Cuni Rodriguez, Bacillio Bernardo Marquez Richards, Boris Sarmiento, Amaury Perez Rodriguez, Sergio Luna Longchamp (trombone); Carcasses Colon, Luis Miguel Guerra Crespo, Roberto Julio, Tony Perez, Emilio Morales (piano); Olivier Valdes Rey , Giraldo Piloto (drums); Adel Gonzales Gomez, Tomas Ramos Ortiz (congas); Jorge Luis Guerra (guiro); Jose Luis Quintana Fuerte (timbales).
Liner Note Author: Jacques Denis.
Recording information: Sound on Sound (04/2001-06/2002).
Saxophonist David Murray continues his cross genre initiatives on this undeniably exciting, 2003 release Now Is Another Time. With this effort, the artist enlists his longtime running mates, trumpeter Hugh Ragin and baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett to complement a huge cast of Cuban musicians. This large ensemble Latin jazz extravaganza packs a mighty blow, from beginning to end. Here, the band churns out radiant, multi-layered horn arrangements atop the Cuban masters' sweltering percussion grooves and the soloists' blaring exchanges. They integrate punctual choruses into the grand mix, to coincide with the band's bold, brassy sound and thrusting impetus. Furthermore, Murray is in top form, evidenced by his climactically driven soloing endeavors -- where he peaks within the upper registers -- via an unrelenting pace. It's all about perpetual motion topped off with a festive sentiment, marked by oscillating Afro-Cuban grooves and a few poignant interludes here and there. But the musicians also utilize space to their advantage, where they often allow any given soloist, ample breathing room to reconfigure previously explored themes. Folks, this is the real deal. An awe-inspiring effort, indeed! ~ Glenn Astarita