Sacred Ground One of jazz's strongest reed men, David Murray fronts his best quartet yet: bassist Ray Drummond, drummer Andrew Cyrille, and pianist Lafayette Gilchrist. Wilson's velvety… Sacred Ground One of jazz's strongest reed men, David Murray fronts his best quartet yet: bassist Ray Drummond, drummer Andrew Cyrille, and pianist Lafayette Gilchrist. Wilson's velvety… 2007-06-26 David Murray Black Saint Quartet Cassandra Wilson Jazz
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Sacred Ground (2007)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jun 26, 2007; Lead Performance: David Murray Black Saint Quartet; Genre: Jazz

One of jazz's strongest reed men, David Murray fronts his best quartet yet: bassist Ray Drummond, drummer Andrew Cyrille, and pianist Lafayette Gilchrist. Wilson's velvety vocals on tracks like ''Sacred Ground'' complement Murray's urgent tone, her phrasing nicely offsetting his improvisational flights. Framed by poet Ishmael Reed's lyrics about racism, Murray's alternating currents — reflection and rage — plug into powerful context on Sacred Ground. A- DOWNLOAD THIS: Sacred Ground

Originally posted Jun 15, 2007 Published in issue #940 Jun 22, 2007 Order article reprints