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David Murray, Hamid Drake & Lakha Khan 

When: Fri., Oct. 17, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $22-$40
In the 80s and 90s it seemed like reedist David Murray was everywhere. A founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet and a prolific bandleader, he’d deftly transitioned from his wild roots in New York’s loft-jazz scene into a sound that was more accessible, swinging, and infectiously energetic. Over the past two decades, for most of which he’s lived in Europe, his recording and touring schedules have tapered off, but he’s still got plenty of his old fire. On last year’s Be My Monster Love (Motema) he applies his exploratory tendencies to firm, soulful postbop. One track features raspy-voiced pop singer Macy Gray, and three include velvety baritone Gregory Porter; for another song, Murray brings aboard veteran cornetist Bobby Bradford, extending a relationship that began when they both lived in Los Angeles in the mid-70s. Murray’s tenor saxophone swoops nonchalantly between growled lows and an upper register that harnesses high-pitched squeals into a distinctive melodic voice. In his first local performance since 2006, Murray leads a trio with regular bassist Jaribu Shahid and explosive Chicago-based drummer Hamid Drake. —Peter Margasak



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