Line-up: Pepe Rivero (piano; Cuba); David Murray: sax; Bradley Jones: bass; Hamid Drake: drums.
Born in Oakland (California), David Murray moved to New York following the advice of Cecil Taylor, where he got to know first-hand the best of the New York jazz scene of the seventies. Although he was initially influenced by musicians like Albert Ayler and Archie Shepp, he gradually evolved towards a more diverse style of his own in his playing and compositions until he established himself as one of the best saxophonists of his generation. A prolific recording artist with over 150 albums, Murray was a founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet, with whom he performed at the Jazz on the Coast Festival. He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including a Grammy, several nominations and a pair of documentaries about his life: Speaking in Tongues (1982) and Jazzman (1989).
David Murray comes to Jazz on the Coast accompanied by one of the best artists of her generation: Marta Sánchez. Based in New York for some years now, the pianist and composer from Madrid has an original musical style that has earned her the recognition and respect of magazines such as DownBeat or All About Jazz. The New York Times included her album Partenika among the 10 best of the year. Marta has composed soundtracks that have won her several awards, she has played in the most prestigious jazz festivals and in legendary clubs such as the Blue Note or the Birdland.
The band is completed by two great musicians, double bass player Brad Jones and drummer Hamid Drake. A luxury closing for this very special edition of Jazz on the Coast.