Murray's Steps

Murray's Steps is an album by David Murray released on the Italian Black Saint label in 1982. It feature his Octet consisting of Murray, Henry Threadgill, Bobby Bradford, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, Craig Harris, Curtis Clark, Wilber Morris and Steve McCall.[1]

Murray's Steps
Studio album by
RecordedJuly 14, 15 & 19 1982
LabelBlack Saint
ProducerGiancarlo Barigozzi
David Murray Octet chronology
Murray's Steps
Morning Song


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 5 stars, stating, "The octet is perfect for David Murray as an outlet for his writing, a showcase for his compositions, and an inspiring vehicle for his tenor and bass clarinet solos. For the third octet album (all are highly recommended), Murray meets up with quite a talented group of individuals: altoist Henry Threadgill, trumpeter Bobby Bradford, cornetist Butch Morris, trombonist Craig Harris, pianist Curtis Clark, bassist Wilber Morris, and drummer Steve McCall. Their interpretations of four of Murray's originals – "Murray's Steps," "Sweet Lovely," "Sing Song," and "Flowers for Albert"—are emotional, adventurous, and exquisite (sometimes all three at the same time).".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[3]

Track listing

  1. "Murray's Steps" – 12:25
  2. "Sweet Lovely" – 8:00
  3. "Sing Song" – 9:40
  4. "Flowers for Albert" – 9:40
All compositions by David Murray
  • Recorded at Barigozzi Studios, Milano, July 14, 15 & 19,1982



  1. Black Saint Calalogue
  2. Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed July 6, 2011
  3. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 150. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.

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