Live at Sweet Basil Volume 1

Live at Sweet Basil Volume 1 is an album by David Murray released on the Italian Black Saint label in 1984 and the first to feature his Big Band.[1] It features performances by Murray, Olu Dara, Baikida Carroll, Craig Harris, Bob Stewart, Vincent Chancey, Steve Coleman, John Purcell, Rod Williams, Fred Hopkins and Billy Higgins conducted by Lawrence "Butch" Morris.[2] The album was followed by Live at Sweet Basil Volume 2.

Live at Sweet Basil Volume 1
Live album by
RecordedAugust 24–26, 1984
LabelBlack Saint
ProducerDavid Murray
David Murray Big Band chronology
Morning Song
Live at Sweet Basil Volume 1
Live at Sweet Basil Volume 2


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3 stars, stating, "The David Murray Big Band tends to be a bit undisciplined, with plenty of rambunctious and overcrowded ensembles... The Dixieland-esque structures are better understood by some of the musicians than others, and this performance is quite erratic but certainly memorable".[3]

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Track listing

All compositions by David Murray
  1. "Lovers" – 8:20
  2. "Bechet's Bounce" – 12:05
  3. "Silence" – 5:55
  4. "Duet for Big Band" – 16:10
  • Recorded live in concert at Sweet Basil, NYC, August 24–26, 1984



  1. Black Saint Records discography accessed August 16, 2011
  2. Black Saint catalogue
  3. Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed August 16, 2011

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