David Murray | performs 'Chelsea Bridge' by Billy Strayhorn
Tenor man David Murray doing Billy Strayhorn's 'Chelsea Bridge'. This comes from a 1991 Fresh Sounds duets album, "Tea For Two," featuring David with pianist George Arvanitas. It's a unique setting for Murray, and the album is saxophone pleasure from start to finish. I met David at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival some years ago. As it turned out, he needed a ride to Seattle to get his flight there. I was nominated to drive him. We left early, not sure how long we'd be delayed at the border. After we whistled through and David realized he had a bit of extra time, he went through his things, looking for the address of a friend in Seattle. It turns out that his friend wasn't doing well, was on dialysis, and in dire financial straits. I didn't eavesdrop, but judging by the smile and hug as we got ready to head to the airport, I think David took care of his friend. Just one of those stories from the jazz life. -DL
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