Body and Soul (David Murray album)

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Body and Soul
Body and Soul (David Murray album).jpg
Studio album by David Murray Quartet
Released 1993
Recorded February 11 & 12, 1993
Genre Jazz
Length 51:53
Label Black Saint
Producer Flavio Bonandrini

Body and Soul is the sixteenth album by David Murray to be released on the Italian Black Saint label. It was released in 1993 and features performances by Murray, Sonelius Smith, Wilber Morris, Rashied Ali and Taana Running.[1]


The Allmusic review by Ron Wynn awarded the album 4½ stars stating "No matter how many albums Murray issues, he never coasts or goes through the motions. This is mainly a quartet date, although Murray shows on the title track his ability to back a singer as Taana Running gives a moving vocal, complete with her original lyrics. Otherwise, these are either spirited uptempo numbers or equally energized ballads. Murray's sweeping tenor sound remains a marvel, and few can match him in controlling drive, pitch and volume. Drummer Rashied Ali has not lost the rippling intensity from his days with John Coltrane; he and Murray conclude things in a dazzling duo performance on "Cuttin' Corners" deliberately intended to evoke memories of the Coltrane/Ali album Interstellar Space.".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Slave Song" (Smith) - 10:15
  2. "Celebration Dance" (Smith) - 4:55
  3. "Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour) - 7:30
  4. "Doni's Song" - 7:00
  5. "Remembering the Chief of St. Mary's" (For Bob Barrett) - 6:54
  6. "Odin" - 8:15
  7. "Cuttin' Corners" (Ali) - 7:04
All compositions by David Murray except as indicated
  • Recorded at Sear Sound Studios, NYC, February 11 & 12, 1993



  1. ^ Black Saint catalogue
  2. ^ a b Wynn, R. Allmusic Review accessed July 11, 2011