Note:  David’s web page is a copy of collaborations found on the world wild web.  Web addresses and credits are found there as well and are noted when available.

 

MUSICIANS – SAXY

 

DAVID McMURRAY

Member Of: Griot Galaxy

 

 

 

 

4.  NU LIFE STORIES
Release Date:
05/20/2003

Label: Hip Bop Essence

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The music on saxophonist David McMurray's release is generally funky, utilizes electronic percussion on many of the tracks, and is often quite commercial. Despite all of that, McMurray consistently shows that he is a fine saxophonist, particularly on tenor. His playing is a little reminiscent of Grover Washington Jr. style-wise, although he has his own sound. McMurray is in particularly strong form on "Bob Your Head" and "Big Dreams," making up for a couple tracks that have throwaway R&B vocals. So while McMurray uplifts this idiom, he also consistently shows that he is a better musician than much of the music he is performing. Hopefully he will have future opportunities to stretch out more and really show what he can do. — Scott Yanow

1.

Sunday Morning (McMurray) - 3:57

2.

Searching (Ayers) - 5:26

3.

Detroit 2 Cali (McMurray) - 5:27

4.

Good Day (McMurray/Ridgeway) - 4:49

5.

Mack Avenue (McMurray) - 4:19

6.

Bob Your Head (James/McMurray) - 5:32

7.

Big Dreams (McMurray) - 6:39

8.

Like We Used To (McMurray) - 5:28

9.

Steppin' Out (On Faith) (Boone/McMurray) - 4:05

10.

The Jazz Life (McMurray) - 5:17

11.

Someday (Duke) - 4:27

12.

Funki Dashiki (McMurray) - 5:01

13.

Nu Life Stories (McMurray) - 4:23

14.

Dave's House (McMurray) - 5:01

15.

Killing Me Softly With His Song [*] (Fox/Gimbel) - 5:06



George Duke

 - 

Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer

Kevin Toney

 - 

Piano

Rayse Biggs

 - 

Trumpet

Herschel Boone

 - 

Vocals

David McMurray

 - 

Percussion, Keyboards, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor), Producer, Paintings

Marcus Miller

 - 

Bass

Charles Scales

 - 

Piano

Al Turner

 - 

Bass

Ron Otis

 - 

Drums

Reynold DaSilva

 - 

Executive Producer

Garzelle McMurray

 - 

Production Assistant

Bonnie Peele

 - 

Vocals (bckgr)

Wayne Gerard

 - 

Guitar

Esther

 - 

Vocals

Sean Mowle

 - 

Art Direction, Design

Kem

 - 

Vocals

 

 

product, Kemistry (02/25/2003) by Kem Credited Role: Sax (Tenor) CD

 

 

Listen to Audio Samples: To hear a sample, click the song title below. Windows Media player is required.

 

3.  SOUL SEARCHING
Release Date:
08/28/2001
Label: Hip Bop Essence

 

1.

Just The Music - Dave McMurray

8.

Soulful Kiss - Dave McMurray

2.

On Detroit Time - Dave McMurray

9.

I Go Wild - Dave McMurray

3.

Cruisin' To The P.M. - Dave McMurray

10.

Cleo's Mood - Dave McMurray

4.

What Cha Gonna Do About My Loving - Dave McMurray

11.

Ghetto Flute Song - Dave McMurray

5.

Walk In The Night - Dave McMurray

12.

London Nights - Dave McMurray

6.

7 Day Love - Dave McMurray

13.

Madrid - Dave McMurray

7.

Nautilus - Dave McMurray

14.

Sonny - Dave McMurray

 

 

2.  PEACE OF MIND

Release Date: 08/17/1999
Label: Hip Bop Essence

http://www.geocities.com/BourbonStreet/Inn/2010/McMurray.html
Dave McMurray, the Detroit-based saxophonist and a member of "Was, Not Was" presents his debut album at Hip-Bop-Records  (www.silvascreen.com) Peace Of Mind.
Maybe you await hearing this title a calm and new agey album? Peace of mind means freedom from disturbance or perturbation, a tranquility and undisturbed state. You would be misled fare. This album is mainly a funky but still smooth album.


The grooving drum machine, added with some Latin percussion sounds and the hovering keyboard sounds are the ground of the first track Down and Easy on which Dave McMurray builds up his claim of leading sax-mastership in Smooth Jazz. In the tradition of Grover Washington McMurray opens a new era of funky saxophone. Darrell "Peanut" Smith on his propulsing bass is the funky partner on My Brother & Me. Remarkable Bob James solo on Rhodes, but unforgettable McMurray 's emotional and sizzling sax play. For you showcases Donald Ray Mitchels on vocals. This is obviously a jazzy Hip Hop with a hard drum programming, but devilish well-played in. Keyboard sound accents thundering at the horizon.

Strange Indian rhythms and sound samples give Chow Main Street a strange appeal. How come U don't call me anymore is a cover version of Prince's former album Prince & the Revolution: Live (1985). A slow and melodic tune.  Home is also a hip-hoppy easy played tune. The sound of this upcoming decade is definitely drum-programming. JK plays a marvelous guitar solo.  Bob James on piano is always an unbeatable enjoyment. Together with McMurray's sax it's an overwhelming pleasure. Gar Z is such a magnificent example. Also skillful and perfect are Wayne Gerard’’s and Mark Whitfield’'s guitars.  D'Angelo's well known song Brown Sugar is the next sensible played cover version. Dave McMurray seems to be profoundly rooted in R&B and Hip Hop, but his mesmerizing ability to improvise in every tune reveals his still jazzy attitude. Mo' Funk in 1988. Darrell Peanut's bass is anew the right pavement for JK's and Dave's funky solos. Let's go smooth again, may be the idea for the next track Let it go. Herschell Boone's intimate vocals doubled and tripled in a choral arrangement in combination with soft keyboard sounds are the opener for the smooth part of the album.  Michele is played in the same mellow mood. Gentle melodies caress your ears.  In this life is the funkier follow up, still in a slow tempo. The bass is played by? Darrell Smith of course.

The title song Peace of mind is more contemplative and measured. Well arranged and perfectly blended you can hear a high-quality studio recording. Sound and drum programming are playing a main part and produce the atmospheric background to raise the instrumental play on a higher level. Jazziz wrote about this album: "Anyone familiar with the sound of instruments playing together in a real acoustic space will find McMurray's radio-oriented, multi-tracked production compressed and airless." I cannot share this opinion. This complex sound can only produced with a carefully prepared arrangement. Sure this sound isn't spontaneous. But then you better listen to a live album.  Finishing track is a so-called smooth mix of For you. You can hear a more uptempo version.  This album has already overstepped the border between Smooth Jazz and R&B. Yes; this album is very radio-like in the best sense. Thanks to the perfect arrangements and well-played music this album is an outstanding peak in Smooth Jazz history.  @ HBH

Dave McMurray, the Detroit-based saxophonist and a member of Was (Not Was) presents his debut album Peace Of Mind. Featuring guest appearances by Bob James, Mark Whitfield, Don Was and others, and includes a track specially produced for this album by Don Was and David Was. Track highlights include: "Down and Easy," "Chow Main Street," "Home," "1988," "In This Life," and "Peace of Mind." ~ Heather Phares, All Music Guide

Detroit saxophonist McMurray, who might be remembered in the '80s as one of the finest avant expressionists in his heyday with Griot Galaxy, follows the same Smooth Jazz path as on his previous Warner Brothers release "The David McMurray Show." His 1996er release was Keep on Rising. Dave McMurray is also well known as a sideman at several projects like Bob Dylan's Under the red sky (1990), the Rolling Stones' Voodoo Lounge (1994), Bob James' Joy Ride. The complete list is to find at AMG (address below).
More info
:  http://allmusic.com/cg/x.dll?UID=4:32:31|PM&p=amg&sql=A427225
Detroit saxophonist McMurray, who might be remembered in the '80s as one of the finest avant expressionists in his heyday with Griot Galaxy, follows the same smooth jazz path as on his previous Warner Brothers release The David McMurray Show. This CD is not as hard edged, it's actually much, much cooler, the majority being instrumental numbers that have a similar small funk flavor, McMurray playing alto, tenor and soprano sax, and a smidgen of flute. He's backed on many of the tracks by electric bass guitarist Darrell Smith, guitarist Wayne Girard, no drummer, but percussionist Dennis Sheridan. Most of the rhythm seems to come from programmed keyboards. Cameos are from pianist Bob James, Don & David Was, guitarist Al Martin and singer Sweet Pea Atkinson. Since many of the tempos are slow to mid-speed, there's not much to distinguish one from another, save McMurray's cut-below David Sanborn musings on different saxes. The vocal tracks "For You" (plus remix, ) and "Let It Go" have Donald Ray Mitchell & Herschell Boone sounding like Stevie Wonder, while three Ridgeway family vocalists (Esther, Gloria & Gracie) on Prince's "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" sing only the refrain. Musical highlights include Rayse Biggs' Miles-like trumpet on the title track, Bob James Fender Rhodes solo during "My Brother & Me" and acoustic romp with guitarist Mark Whitfield for "Gar Z." The most interesting number is "Chow Main Street," its churning percussion and meditative underpinnings quite reminiscent of Leon Thomas & Pharoah Sanders' "Hum Allah (Prince Of Peace.)" All in all a recording typical of this genre made by skilled musicians who only scratch the surface of their already established abilities and talents. McMurray is a quite engaging saxophonist in search of a more substantive backdrop, and a better record deal. — Michael G. Nastos

1.

Down & Easy     (McMurray) - 5:17

8.

Brown Sugar  (McMurray) - 5:32

2.

My Brother & Me    (McMurray) - 5:32

9.

1988    (McMurray) - 5:32

3.

For You    (McMurray) - 5:32

10.

Let It Go    (McMurray) - 5:32

4.

Chow Main Street    (McMurray) - 5:32

11.

Michele   (McMurray) - 5:32

5.

How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore    (McMurray) - 5:32

12.

In This Life   (McMurray) - 5:32

6.

Home (For My Mother)    (McMurray) - 5:32

13.

Peace Of Mind   (McMurray) - 5:32

7.

Gar Z    (McMurray) - 5:32

14.

For You (Smooth Mix)   (McMurray) - 5:32

 

Bob James

 - 

Piano

Mark Whitfield

 - 

Guitar

Sweet Pea Atkinson

 - 

Vocals

Ralph Armstrong

 - 

Bass (Acoustic)

Rayse Biggs

 - 

Trumpet

Hilary James

 - 

Fender Rhodes

David McMurray

 - 

Flute, Percussion, Keyboards, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor), Vocals, Producer

Jamie Muhoberac

 - 

Keyboards

Luis Resto

 - 

Organ, Piano, Fender Rhodes

Gloria Ridgeway

 - 

Vocals

Gracie Ridgeway

 - 

Vocals

David Was

 - 

Percussion, Vocals, Keyboard Programming

Don Was

 - 

Percussion, Vocals, Producer, Bass (Acoustic)

Dennis Sheridan

 - 

Percussion, Quica

Wayne Gerard

 - 

Guitar

 

1.8  If I Had My Way [Single]
Nancy Wilson

Release Date: 01/01/1998

 

 

1.

Hello Like Before

7.

Anything For Your Love

2.

Sweet Love

8.

Where Do I Go From You

3.

If I Had My Way

9.

A Fool In Love

4.

Wish You Were Here (Featuring James Ingram)

10.

Loving You, Loving Me

5.

One More Try

11.

Hidden Track #11

6.

Not A Day In Your Life

 

 

 

1.5  Keep on Rising [Cassette Single]
Dave McMurray

Release Date: 07/30/1996

 

1.2  Keep on Rising [CD/Vinyl Single]
David McMurray

Label: Warner Brothers

Release Date: 03/26/1996

 

1.  DAVE McMURRAY SHOW

Release Date: 10/10/1995  (my bday is a good release date!!)

Label: Hip Bop Essence

1. Around the World in 8 Measures (McMurray) - 5:55

2. Spill It (All Out) (Allen/Brown/Dickerson/Jordan/McMurray/Miller/Oskar/Westbrook) - 4:47
3. Old School (McMurray) - 3:45

4. Abracadabra (McMurray) - 5:20

5. No Compromise (McMurray) - 1:52

6. Coast to Coast (McMurray) - 4:50

7. The Jam (McMurray) - 4:28

8. Keep on Rising (Holloway/McMurray/Turner) - 4:18

9. Street People (McMurray) - 4:50

10. Blasts Off (McMurray) - 4:49

11. Rebop (McMurray) - 1:53

12. The Beginning (McMurray) - 4:17

 

Rayse Biggs

 - 

Trumpet

Mike Brown

 - 

Engineer, Mixing

Ben Grosse

 - 

Mixing

Dwayne Jones

 - 

Assistant Engineer

Arthur Marbury

 - 

Drums

Buster Maybury

 - 

Drums

David McMurray

 - 

Flute, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Mixing

Donald Ray Mitchell

 - 

Vocals

Luis Resto

 - 

Ensoniq ASR 10

Darrell Smith

 - 

Bass

Al Turner

 - 

Bass

Randy Jacobs

 - 

Guitar

Beverly Parker

 - 

Photography

Scott Sumner

 - 

Engineer

Bonnie Peele

 - 

Vocals

Natural

 - 

Poetry, Rap

Scott Summer

 - 

Engineer, Mixing


DAVID McMURRAY ALSO APPEARS ON:

Geri Allen 

Open on All Sides in the Middle (1987)

Flute, Flugelhorn, Sax (Soprano), Associate Producer 

Gerald Alston 

First Class Only (1994)

Saxophone 

Sweet Pea Atkinson 

Don't Walk Away (1982)

Saxophone 

The B-52's 

Good Stuff (1992)

Flute, Saxophone 

The B-52's 

Nude on the Moon: The B-52's... (2002)

Saxophone 

Bobby Barth 

Two Hearts One Beat (1986)

Saxophone 

Big Chief 

Mack Avenue Skullgame (1993)

Horn 

Bop City 

Hip Strut (1996)

Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor), Producer 

Tim Bowman 

Smile (2000)

Saxophone 

Felix Cavaliere 

Dreams in Motion (1994)

Saxophone, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor) 

Commissioned 

Will You Be Ready? (1989)

Saxophone 

 

SONGS DAVID appears on:

The Boneshakers 

Book of Spells

Bop City 

Hip Strut

Bob James 

Joy Ride

Carolyn Striho/Luis Resto/David M 

Original Soundtracks of Transition

XL 

What We're All About

 


 

 

King of the Blues [Box]
B.B. King

Release Date: 01/01/1992

David was just one in many of the “arrays” of musicians included in this  B.B. King
: Kenny Aronoff
: Howie Leder
: Paul Griffin
: John Browning
: George Coleman
: Sammie Jett
: Bobby Forté
: Charles Brooks
: Louis Silas, Jr.
: Sally Tiven
: Paul Harris
: Andrew Love
: Bobby Bryant
: James B. Hutchenson
: Stevie Wonder
: Ron Jacobs
: Phil Blackman
: Ben Webster
: James Bolden
: Helen Duncan
: Russell Jackson
: John Starks
: Wayne Jackson
: The Edge
: Esmond Edwards
: Eddie Saxman Synigal
: Maxine Willard Waters
: Bernard "Pretty" Purdie
: Conte Candoli
: Chuck Finley
: Wilbur Bascomb Sr.
: Charles Bowles
: Herb Lovelle
: Lisa Fisher
ARRAY(0x928aebc): Joe Zagarino
: Ben Branch
: Geary Chansley
: Wilbur Bascomb, Jr.
: Ralph Hamilton
: Jake Porter
: Hilton Joseph
: Joe Walsh
: Steve Sherard
: Hobart Dotson
: Jerome Richardson
: Ernie Royal
: Valerie Pinkston-Mayo
: Tasha Thomas
: Russ Kunkel
: William Green
: Little Johnny Jones
: James Walker
: Neil Stubenhaus
: Leonard Gill
: Paulinho Da Costa
: Irving Ashby
: Lloyd Glenn
: Waymon Reed
: Rebecca Russel
: Bunny Hull
: Lee Ritenour
: Ken Sands
: Vernon Slater
: Larry Washington
ARRAY(0x92e3998): Hank Crawford
: Roland Chambers
: Ernie Watts
: Earl Nash
: Harold Potier
: Steve Madaio
: Al Porcino
: Barry Moore
: Tommy Eyre
: Joshie Armstead
: Joseph Burton
: Herbert Hardesty
: Gary Herbig
: Ed Michel
: Ronnie Cuber
: Luther Waters
: Fred Ford
: Lee Gatling
: Oren Waters
: Sonny Freeman
: Lloyd Ulyate
: Jim Keltner
: Al Aarons
: Jerry Hey
: Roy Poper
: Oliver Jackson
: Stewart Levine
: Kurt McGettrick
: Nicky Payne
: Tommy Pederson
: Carl Adams
: Cindy Mizelle
: Luther Dixon
: Trevor Lawrence
: Don Wilkerson
ARRAY(0x8d75ca0): Jon Tiven
ARRAY(0x92045c0): Maxwell Davis
: Richard Sanders
: Jimmy Rowles
: Colin Escott
: Wilbert Freeman
:
David McMurray
: Phyllis Duncan
: Jesse Davis
ARRAY(0x9273d10): Leon Russell
: Venetta Field
ARRAY(0x92939f8): B.B. King
: Robert Popwell
: Ray Parker
: Charlie Miller
: Marcus Barnett
: Bono
: Dr. John
: Michael Landau
: Billy Butler
: Juan Tizol
: Bob Morin
: Merry Clayton
: Louis Villery
: Adam Clayton
: Bill Szymczyk
: Patrick Williams
: Bill Havey
: Bob Daisley
: Cato Walker
: Tuff Green
: Gerald Jemmott
: Nick Pentelow
: Jackie Mills
: Clydie King
: Dean Parks
: Jim Gordon
: Brother Gene Dinwiddie
: Julio Ferrer
: Bob Thiele
: John Hobbs
ARRAY(0x92e3ec4): Joe Sample
: David Sanborn
: Bert de Coteaux
: Johnny Board
: Sherlie Mathews
: Eddie "Bongo" Brown
: Lawrence Burdine
: Charles Mann
: Barney Hubert
: Randy Jacobs
: Gary Moore
: Louis Hubert
: Andy McKaie
: Lenny Castro
: Freddie Washington
: Tom "Bones" Malone
: Frank Mead
: Ringo Starr
: Victor Feldman
: Will Calhoun
ARRAY(0x923a15c): Stix Hooper
: Erick Labson
: Garnett Brown
: Eli Tartarsky
: Henry Boozier
: Joseph Francis "Sonny" Burke
: Gary Wright
: Cornell Dupree
: George Bohannon
: Leo Lauchie
: Sonny Burke
: Graham Walker
: Johnny B. Gayton
: Bill Harvey
: Big Joe Turner
: Jimmie Haskell
: Klaus Voorman
: Jim Cook
: Major Holley
: Bill Inglot
: Ron Levy
: James Toney
: Vernon Reid
: Calvin Newborne
ARRAY(0x929c088): Jim Price
: Phineas Newborn
: Ira Newborn
: David Allen
: John Landis
: Quitman Dennis
: Joe Turner
: Jimmy Forrest
ARRAY(0x927d160): Wilton Felder
: Ron Kersey
: Jesse Daniels
: Larry Williams
: Earl Turbinton
: Rudy Aikels
: Carol Kenyon
: Duke Jethro
: Woody Shaw
: Rebecca Evans Russell
: Ron Baker
: Steve Watson
: Gary Grant
: Bobby Cadwell
: Neil Larsen
: Jesse Sailes
: Maxine Willard
: Deborah Dobkin
: Ed Greene
: Oscar Brashear
: Jimmy Iovine
: David Spinozza
: Jack Redmond
: Charles Fendley
: Bumps Myers
: Julia Tillman Waters
: Shirley Matthews
: Mahlon Clark
: Jewell L. Grant
: Ronald Bautista
: Bonnie Raitt
: Earl Forest
: Bryan Garofalo
: Hugh McCracken
: Bill Hood
: Shelly Yakus
: Ian Taylor
: Ray Linn
: Nana Vasconcelos
: John Willie Cook
: Lonny Lalanne
: The Memphis Horns
: Lawrence Dermer
: James Gadson
: Bobby "Blue" Bland
: Bobby Keys
: Randy Kerber
: Carole King
: Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
: Paulette Brown
: Adolph Duncan
: Johnny Pate
ARRAY(0x92503b4): Edward Rowe
: Calep Emphrey
: Klaus Voormann
: Anton Fig
: Don Was
: Martin Drover
: Sonny Burke
: Will Lee
: Louis Satterfield
: Earl Young
: Benny Powell
ARRAY(0x91e8cc8): Calvin Owens
: Carl Hall
: Harold Austin
: Red Callender
: Dick Noel
: Frank Owens
: Mac Rebennack
: Arthur Adams
: Michael Hill
: Ted Curry
: Al Hendrickson
: Floyd Turnham
: Ronnie Barron
: Snooky Young
: Robert "Pops" Popewell
: Millard Lee
: Robert Anderson
: Kim Hutchcroft
: Fred Jackson, Jr.
: Val Patillo
: Al Kooper
: Sidney Seidenberg
: Red Holloway
: Milton Hopkins
: Tommy Pedersen
: Lou Zito
ARRAY(0x9259b24): Dave Crawford
: Arnett Cobb
: Johnny Ace
: Jimmy Henderson
: Howard E. Johnson
: Linda Taylor
: Thek Edge
: Warren Chiasson
: David "Fathead" Newman
: Norman Harris
: Sid Feller
: Larry Mullen, Jr.
: John Uribe
: Quincy Jones
: Pluma Davis
: Johnny Jones