Sunny Murray

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"Sunny Murray is the only drummer who ever played the Theory of Relativity" (Alan Silva)

James Marcellus Arthur Murray, born in Idabel (Oklahoma, USA), was one of the adventurous drummers of the free jazz 60's.
First messing with Jacky McLean and Ted Curson, he eventually moved ahead with Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, and Albert Ayler with whom he recorded his first album on Jihad (Sonny's Time Now).
Pretty capable of beating it hard, he introduced new and very sensitive ways to play, embrassing the solo-ish new cats experiments.
Spotted live in NYC in the late 90.

Annotation last modified on 2006-05-04 14:48 UTC.



Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 Ghosts Albert Ayler Quartet featuring Don Cherry, Gary Peacock & Sonny Murray 2
1965 Sonny's Time Now Sunny Murray 3
1966 Sunny Murray Sunny Murray 1
1969 Sunshine Sunny Murray 1
1969 Big Chief Sunny Murray 1
1970 An Even Break (Never Give A Sucker) Sunny Murray 1
1970 Hommage to Africa Sunny Murray 2
1990 Smoke Alexander von Schlippenbach And Sunny Murray 1
1994 Kingdom Come Charles Gayle with Sunny Murray & William Parker 1
1995 Clapping Music Aki Takase, Reggie Workman, Sunny Murray 1
2000 Dawn of a New Vibration Arthur Doyle & Sunny Murray 1
2007 The Gearbox Explodes! Sunny Murray, John Edwards & Tony Bevan 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Sunny Murray Sunny Murray 1
2003 Live at the Fundacio Juan Miro Assif Tsahar, Peter Kowald, Sunny Murray 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Boom Boom Cat Sunny Murray, John Edwards & Tony Bevan 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 New York Eye and Ear Control Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Roswell Rudd, Gary Peacock & Sonny Murray 2

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