David Murray is a modern practitioner of the saxophone tradition. He started out playing church music and R&B, and then, bypassing the bebop idiom altogether, landed firmly in what has alternatively been called the avant garde or, during the sixties, the “new thing” of jazz. He likes to push the physical boundaries of the horn and combine the romanticism of the pre-bebop era, the ballad and swing styles, and the extravagance of the so-called “free” style of playing. By connecting both ends of the jazz spectrum, joining the heightened expressionism that goes back to the very roots of New Orleans jazz with the conscious intellectualism of the contemporary avant garde, he has helped redefine what “traditional” means in the jazz world. David Murray has been an outspoken and active contributor to the saxophone vocabulary, and continues to enjoy himself immensely while on stage.