David Murray: Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint and Soul Note, Volume 2 – review

David Murray was in Britain in October, and his appearance at Ronnie Scott's highlighted both his Sonny Rollins-like power, tone and unpredictability and the casualness over group participation that can make him seem (like Rollins) a prodigiously gifted enigma who's at his freest on his own.

This seven-disc set in CAM Jazz's Black Saint/Soul Note reissue series (capturing inspired work by African-American jazz avantists finding refuge in Europe in the 1970s and 80s) frequently presents Murray in creative tension with very powerful partners, however –

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