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.

Legal name: James Marcellus Arthur Murray



1964GhostsAlbert Ayler Quartet featuring Don Cherry, Gary Peacock & Sonny Murray53
1965Sonny's Time NowSunny Murray3
1966Sunny MurraySunny Murray1
1969SunshineSunny Murray1
1969Big ChiefSunny Murray2
1970An Even Break (Never Give A Sucker)Sunny Murray1
1970Hommage to AfricaSunny Murray2
1979African MagicCheikh Tidiane Fall & Malachi Favors & Sunny Murray1
1990SmokeAlexander von Schlippenbach And Sunny Murray1
1994Kingdom ComeCharles Gayle with Sunny Murray & William Parker1
199513# Steps on GlassSunny Murray, Odean Pope, Wayne Dockery1
1995Clapping MusicAki Takase, Reggie Workman, Sunny Murray1
1997HomeworkSunny Murray, Bob Dickie, Robert Andreano2
1998We Are Not At The OperaSunny Murray with Sabir Mateen1
2000Dawn of a New VibrationArthur Doyle & Sunny Murray1
2007The Gearbox Explodes!Sunny Murray, John Edwards & Tony Bevan1
2009Ode to Albert AylerMark O'Leary, Sunny Murray1

Album + Soundtrack

1966New York Eye and Ear ControlAlbert Ayler, Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Roswell Rudd, Gary Peacock & Sonny Murray2

Album + Live

1969Sunny MurraySunny Murray1
2001Live At Glenn Miller CaféArthur Doyle & Sunny Murray1
2003Live at the Fundacio Juan MiroAssif Tsahar, Peter Kowald, Sunny Murray1
2010Boom Boom CatSunny Murray, John Edwards & Tony Bevan1
2019Intercommunal Dialogue 1&2François Tusques, Sunny Murray1

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