Personalities | Sunny Murray | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Drums, b. 1937)

James ‘Sunny’ Murray is one of the quintessential free-jazz drummers. His most enduring legacy may be his many recordings with Cecil Taylor and Albert Ayler, which belie his beginnings with stride pianist Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith and swing era trumpeter Henry ‘Red’ Allen. Murray was as melodic on drums as Taylor was percussive on the piano, resulting in a stellar combination. He moved to France in the 1980s and has since led his own sessions.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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