David Murray Cuban Ensemble plays Nat King Cole "en Espanol"

David Murray Cuban Ensemble plays Nat King Cole "en Espanol"


Now, more than 50 years after the legendary "Cole Español"s release, saxophonist David Murray, a contemporary jazz great, reprises it as Cole ‘En Español’, in the company of a Cuban string band, giving the original repertoire a lush sonic canvas full of shimmering, sensual hues....


This is a heartfelt love letter to one of the great figures in popular music who was nonetheless a phenomenally gifted jazz musician. Nat ‘King’ Cole had a piano technique that belied the gilt edged romanticism of his voice, yet it was as a singer that he achieved worldwide fame. One of Cole’s most charming recordings were the 1958 and 1962 albums, Cole Español and More Cole en Español, recorded in Havana and featuring Spanish lyrics. Now, more than 50 years after its release, saxophonist David Murray, a contemporary jazz great, reprises Cole Español as Cole ‘En Español’, in the company of a Cuban string band, giving the original repertoire a lush sonic canvas full of shimmering, sensual hues.


For many enthusiasts, David Murray is already a jazz legend, if we look at the number of albums he has recorded, of concerts he has performed and at the number of awards with which his career to date has already been crowned (Grammy Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, Bird Award, Danish Jazz Bar Prize, musician of the 80’s by the Village Voice…). However, just over a quarter of a century into his career, his music still expresses the verve and inspiration of youth, throughout a career which is prolific as much in terms of output as in terms of musical orientation (from the World Saxophone Quartet, of which he is one of the founders, to his octet, not forgetting his big band and the encounter with the Gwo Ka Masters of Guadeloupe, amongst many other groups and creations), all of it with the greatest musicians. David Murray goes down as a worthy successor for some of the biggest names in jazz, and he is now contributing to the rise of young talents such as Lafayette Gilchrist, a young pianist who has already been widely acclaimed by the critics.

"Be Bop and shut up! An impossible task for the young David, at the time of the free jazz and civil rights movements, the last adventure of the end of century jazzman. Impossible, too, for the son of Holly Roller parents, discovering the Negro spiritual style in the time of Coltrane and during Ayler's best period, not to be political right down to his tenor-playing fingertips. David Murray, now in his fifties, has 130 albums to his name and contributions to around a hundred other recordings as a guest artist behind him.

At the end of the 1990's, David Murray was referred to in terms of fusion, of world music, and even of Pan-Africanism, ever since he took on a backwards tour through the Caribbean and the 'little' Americas, via South Africa and Senegal. Before setting off on this journey, David Murray jumped the gun somewhat for a jazz musician. Born in Oakland, he grew up in Berkeley and studied with Catherine Murray (his mother, an organist), Bobby Bradford, Arthur Blythe, Stanley Crouch and many others until the 2nd March 1975 when he left Ponoma College in Southern California for New York, which he made his base.

In New York, he met many new musicians and musical styles: Anthony Braxton, Don Cherry, Julius Hemphill ... Within Ted Daniels' Energy Band, he also met Hamiett Bluiett, Olu Dara, Lester Bowie and Frank Lowe. In 1976, after a first European tour, David Murray set up one of his mythical groups, the World Saxophone Quartet with Oliver Lake, Hamiett Bluiett and Julius Hemphill. From Jerry Garcia to Max Roach, via Randy Weston and Elvin Jones, David Murray continued working with ever more artists and making ever more recordings. From 1978 onwards, he entered into a period of intense creativity, one flexible grouping of musicians following on from another.

At the same time, he was writing film music ('W Dubois', 1989, 'Dernier Stade', 1996 and 'Karmen Gaye' in 2000), working with the 'Urban Bush Women' dance company ('Crossing Into Our Promise Land' in 1998) and regularly working with Joseph Papp of the New York Public Theatre ('Photograph', 1978 and 'Spell Number' in 1979) and with Bob Thiele, founder of Impulse and Red Baron, who became his producer in 1988 and signed him with Columbia. Thiele produced six of his albums on Red Baron up until his death in 1997.

David Murray also likes rearranging the works of great composers, as in his project 'The Obscure Works of Duke Ellington' in 1997 (arranged for a big band and a 25-piece string orchestra) or his orchestration of a Paul Gonzales solo 'Tribute to Paul Gonzales' in 1990 (with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra). More recently, using an octet and 12 strings, he updated the classics of Nat King Cole's Hispanic songbook with 'Cole in Spanish' in 2009.

In addition to this, he has written two operas: 'The Blackamoor of Peter the Great' in 2004 for strings and voices, based on a selection of twenty poems by Pushkin, and 'The Sysiphus Revue', his 2008 bop opera sung by a gospel choir on an Amiri Baraka libretto.

In 2006, his Black Saint Quartet was reborn with 'Sacred Ground', on which Cassandra Wilson can notably be heard. The compositions on this album pay tribut



* Conceptual Saxophone (Cadillac, 1978)
* Sur-real Saxophone (Horo, 1978)
* Organic Saxophone (Palm, 1978)
* Solo Live (Cecma, 1980)


* Solomons Sons (Circle Records (Germany), 1976) with James Newton
* Sketches of Tokyo (DIW, 1985) with John Hicks
* In Our Style (DIW, 1986) with Jack DeJohnette
* The Healers (Black Saint, 1987) with Randy Weston
* Golden Sea (Sound Aspects, 1989) with Kahil El'Zabar
* Daybreak (Gazell, 1989) with Dave Burrell
* In Concert (Victo, 1991) with Dave Burrell
* Real Deal (DIW, 1991) with Milford Graves
* Ugly Beauty (Evidence, 1993) with Donal Fox
* Windward Passages (Black Saint, 1993) with Dave Burrell
* Blue Monk (Enja, 1995) with Aki Takase
* Valencia (Sound Hills, 1997) with Aki Takase
* We Is: Live at the Bop Shop (Delmark, 2000) with Kahil El'Zabar


* Low Class Conspiracy (Adelphi, 1976)
* Live at Peace Church (Danola, 1976)
* 3D Family (Hat Hut, 1978)
* Sweet Lovely (Black Saint, 1980)
* The Hill (Black Saint, 1986)
* Acoustic Octfunk (Sound Hills, 1993)


* Flowers for Albert: The Complete Concert (India Navigation, 1976)
* Live at the Lower Manhattan Ocean Club (India Navigation, 1978)
* Let the Music Take You (Marge, 1978)
* Last of the Hipmen (Red, 1978)
* Interboogieology (Black Saint, 1978)
* Morning Song (Black Saint, 1983)
* I Want to Talk About You (Black Saint, 1986).
* Recording N.Y.C. 1986 (DIW, 1986)
* The People's Choice (Cecma, 1987)
* Ballads (DIW, 1988)
* Deep River (DIW, 1988)
* Spirituals (DIW, 1988)
* Ming's Samba (Portrait/CBS, 1988)
* Lovers (DIW, 1988)
* Tenors (DIW, 1988)
* Lucky Four (Tutu, 1988)
* Special Quartet (DIW/Columbia, 1990)
* Shakill's Warrior (DIW/Columbia, 1991)
* Fast Life (DIW/Columbia, 1991)
* Ballads for Bass Clarinet (DIW, 1991)
* A Sanctuary Within (Black Saint, 1991)
* Body and Soul (Black Saint, 1993)
* Jazzosaurus Rex (Red Baron, 1993)
* Saxmen (Red Baron/Sony, 1993)
* For Aunt Louise (DIW, 1993)
* Love and Sorrow (DIW, 1993)
* Shakill's II (DIW, 1993)
* Flowers Around Cleveland (Bleu Regard, 1995)
* Long Goodbye: A Tribute to Don Pullen (DIW, 1996)
* Seasons (Pow Wow, 1999)
* Like a Kiss that Never Ends (Justin Time, 2001)
* Sacred Ground (Justin Time, 2007)
* Live in Berlin (2008)


* Penthouse Jazz (Circle, 1977) - one track reissued as part of Flowers for Albert (West Wind)
* Holy Siege on Intrigue (Circle, 1977) - reissued as part of Flowers for Albert (West Wind)
* The London Concert (Cadillac, 1978)
* Children (Black Saint, 1984)
* Remembrances (DIW, 1990)
* David Murray/James Newton Quintet (DIW, 1991)
* Black & Black (Red Baron, 1991)
* Death of a Sideman (DIW, 1991)
* MX (Red Baron/Sony, 1992)
* David Murray Quintet (DIW, 1994)


* Ming (Black Saint, 1980)
* Home (Black Saint, 1981)
* Murray's Steps (Black Saint, 1982)
* New Life (Black Saint, 1985)
* Hope Scope (Black Saint, 1987)
* Picasso (DIW, 1992)
* Dark Star: The Music of the Grateful Dead (Astor Place, 1996)
* Octet Plays Trane (Justin Time, 1999)

Big Band

* Live at Sweet Basil Volume 1 (Black Saint, 1984)
* Live at Sweet Basil Volume 2 (Black Saint, 1984)
* David Murray Big Band (DIW/Columbia, 1991)
* South of the Border (DIW, 1993)
* Now is Another Time (Justin Time, 2003)


* The Jazzpar Prize (Enja, 1991) with Pierre Dørge's New Jungle Orchestra
* The Tip (DIW, 1994)
* Jug-A-Lug (DIW, 1994)
* Fo Deuk Revue (Justin Time, 1996)
* Creole (Justin Time, 1997)
* Speaking in Tongues (Justin Time, 1997)
* Yonn-Dé (Justin Time, 2001)
* Gwotet (Justin Time, 2003)

with the World Saxophone Quartet
Title Year Label
Point of No Return 1977 Moers Music
Steppin' with the World Saxophone Quartet 1979 Black Saint
W.S.Q. 1981 Black Saint
Revue 1982 Black Saint
Live in Zurich 1984 Black Saint
Live at Brooklyn Academy of Music 1986 Black Saint
Plays Duke Ellington 1986 Nonesuch
Dances and Ballads 1987 Nonesuch
Rhythm and Blues 1989 Elektra/Musician
Metamorphosis 1991 Nonesuch
Moving Right Along 1993 Black Saint
Breath of Life 1994 Nonesuch
Four Now 1996 Justin Time
Takin' It 2 the Next Level 1996 Justin Time
Selim Sivad: a Tribute to Miles Davis 1998 Justin Time
Requiem for Julius 2000 Justin Time
25th Anniversary: The New Chapter 2001 Justin Time
Steppenwolf 2002 Justin Time
Experience 2004 Justin Time
Political Blues 2006 Justin Time
[edit] with the Clarinet Summit

* 1984: In Concert at the Public Theatre (India Navigation)
* 1987: Southern Bells (Bl

Set List

1. El bodeguero (9:19)
Composition : Eduardo Egües Martinez
© Morro Music Corporation
Sub-Publisher : Permusic France

2. Quizas, quizas, quizas (6:07)
Composition: Osvaldo Farrés (1947)
© Peer International Corporation
SEMI for France & SACEM Territories

3. Tres palabras (8:28)
Composition: Osvaldo Farrés (1942)
© Peer Music International Corporation
SEMI (sous-éditeur)

4. Piel canela (7:05)
Composition: Bobby Capo (1962)
© Edward B. Marks Music Corporation
SEMI for France, Benelux, Monaco, Switzerland

5. No me platiques (8:05)
Composition: Vicente Garrido (1954)
© PHAM, Mexico
Peermusic France

6. Black Nat (6:44)
Composition : David Murray (2010)
© Passport Music Song

7. Cachito (6:43)
Composition: Consuelo Velázquez (1958)
© PHAM, Mexico
Peermusic France

8. A media luz (6:23)
Composition : Edgardo Donato (1925)
© Editorial Perrotti SRL

9. Aqui se habla en Amor (7:50)
Composition: Jack Keller (1962)
© Sweco Music Corp
Sub-Publisher :