David Murray – Flowers For Albert (Full Album)

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Flowers for Albert is a jazz album by David Murray. It was originally released on the India Navigation label in 1976 and re-released in 1996 with three additional tracks (tracks 2, 4 & 6). It features a live performance by Murray, Olu Dara, Fred Hopkins and Phillip Wilson recorded in concert at the Ladies’ Fort, NYC.

“David Murray, who was 21 at the time, shows a lot of promise on this early recording. The explorative tenor saxophonist joins with trumpeter Olu Dara, bassist Fred Hopkins and drummer Phillip Wilson for five adventurous pieces (three were released for the first time on this 1997 double-CD). In addition, Murray duets with Hopkins on “Ballad for a Decomposed Beauty” and collaborates with Wilson on their duet “Roscoe.” The music is often quite free but it also takes its time, showing high energy in well-chosen spots. Since this period David Murray has lived up to his great potential.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:
All compositions by David Murray except as indicated

“Flowers for Albert” – 14:18
“Santa Barbara and Crenshaw Follies” – 15:53
“Joanne’s Green Satin Dress” (Morris) – 12:56
“After All This” – 13:59
“Roscoe” – 9:05
“The Hill” – 17:55
“Ballad for a Decomposed Beauty” – 9:18

Recorded in concert at the Ladies’ Fort, NYC, June 26, 1976

David Murray – tenor saxophone
Olu Dara – trumpet
Fred Hopkins – bass
Phillip Wilson – drums


Released: 1976
Recorded: June 26, 1976
Length: 93:24
Label: India Navigation
Producer: Bob Cummins