Legendary drummer Paul F. Murphy has been involved with the high end of improvised music since the mid-1970s in San Francisco. He is most closely associated with the avant-garde of the '70s, '80s and '90s as a 12-year member of alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons
' band and a leader of several of his own groups, including Trio Hurricane. Currently, he is working with pianist Larry Willis
, performing and recording groundbreaking pieces of complete improvisation, including the duo's August release, Foundations
(Murphy Records, 2009).
AAJ Contributor Dominic Fragman spoke at length with Murphy, about playing outside the box, the link between functional knowledge and innovation, and the existential nature of music.
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