David Murray does Nat King Cole en Espanol

On October 10, 2011 by Will Hermes

David Murray was a free-blowing tenor sax firebrand on the mid-’70s NYC loft scene. He lived across the street from CBGBs. As he told me when I interviewed him for the book, he used to cop weed from the same dude that took care of his neighbors, The Ramones.

But along with his more extreme playing, he also had a big, breathy, beautiful, Ben Webster-ish romantic streak, which you can hear on his new LP, David Murray Cuban Ensemble Plays Nat King Cole En Español. For a while, anyway, NPR is streaming the entire thing here.

I especially like the cha-cha-cha segment he drops into the arrangement of “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás” — my favorite song from the records Murray is re-visioning here. Some may recall the original as the signature theme in Wong Kar-Wai’s exquisite In The Mood For Love. (Music begins at :30)

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