The Gwo Ka Master's represents DAVID MURRAY's quintessential exploration of his roots. The Jes Grew Spirit is ever presents: the ghost of the runaway slave, the vehement force of the Ka drums; the glowing saxophone weaving the Havana tones of the brass section into the virtuoso guitar work. David Murray's tenor saxophone ignites the atmosphere with free blasts while the Guadeloupean boulgyel, the traditional, tropical version of the beat box, throws out a line to hip hop. Every Gwo Ka Masters concert is a new exploration of Creolisation, in its most vibrant form.
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.