Vilnius Jazz 2008 / David Murray Black Saint Quartet (USA)

Grammy award-winning tenor saxophonist David Murray comes to Vilnius for the first time. He will perform in Russian Drama Theatre in Vilnius on October 11 with his Black Saint Quartet. One of the most important and accomplished saxophonists of the last three decades in jazz, David Murray is certainly the most prolific, having recorded over 130 albums since 1975. A powerfully emotive and adventurous soloist on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, he has received a Grammy, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Jazzpar Prize in 1991. He will be joined by Lafayette Gilchrist (piano), Jaribu Shahid (bass) and Malik Washington (drums).

Hailed by critics as the most dexterous and soulful living tenor saxophonist, David Murray's career spans some four decades. Black Saint record company was there from the start, committing to the then-emerging jazz artist for 17 albums Murray recorded with his foundation quartet, the famed World Saxophone Quartet, and artists such as Randy Weston.

Incendiary of the post-John Coltrane tenor saxophonists, David Murray defies genre classification with his formidable combination of traditional roots, blues, free jazz, world music and gospel. With over 220 albums under his belt, Murray's latest release, Sacred Ground, features two long-time friends and key members of the Black Saint Quartet, bassist Ray Drummond and percussionist Andrew Cyrille. Joining them is young pianist Lafayette Gilchrist.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see David Murray perform with the label that catapulted him onto New York's jazz scene, featuring numbers that were first performed for the label as well as new compositions.

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