Ballads for Bass Clarinet

Ballads for Bass Clarinet is an album by David Murray, recorded in 1991 and released by DIW Records.

Ballads for Bass Clarinet
Studio album by
RecordedOctober 1991
ProducerKanzunori Sugiyama
David Murray chronology
Death of a Sideman
Ballads for Bass Clarinet
South of the Border

Music and recording

The album was recorded in October 1991 by the quartet of Murray (bass clarinet), pianist John Hicks, bassist Ray Drummond, and drummer Idris Muhammad.[1] There is a short passage of anguish in "Portrait of a Black Woman".[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz[1]

Ballads for Bass Clarinet was released by DIW Records.[1] The AllMusic review awarded the album 3 stars.[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz commented on the similarity between Murray's phrasing on bass clarinet and on tenor saxophone.[1]

Track listing

  1. "Waltz to Heaven" – 9:36
  2. "New Life" – 9:05
  3. "Chazz" (Wilber Morris) – 8:43
  4. "Portrait of a Black Woman – for Mae Francis Owens" – 11:39
  5. "Lyons Street" (Idris Muhammad) – 3:21
  6. "Elegy for Fannie Lou" (Kunle Mwanga) – 9:46
All compositions by David Murray except as indicated.



  1. Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (1996). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (3rd ed.). Penguin. p. 965. ISBN 978-0-14-051368-4.
  2. AllMusic Review accessed August 11, 2011
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