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Californian, David Murray is one of the main figures that emerged in the flourishing jazz scene of the 1970s. Inspired at first by illustrious colleagues such as Coltrane – mainly the more spiritual one, and Albert Ayler (his first album, in 1976, was titled Flowers For Albert), Murray has gradually developed a strong musical personality, establishing himself as one of the most influential voices of contemporary tenor sax (he is also a bass clarinet virtuoso). As a profound connoisseur of the tradition of jazz, he has incorporated this into a personal style, a balanced synthesis of different expressive passions. At the end of the 1970s he founded, together with Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake and Hamiet Bluiett, the World Saxophone Quartet, one of the first exclusively sax ensembles. He has also set up several groups and projects, from trios and quartets to orchestras. During his career he has also collaborated with pianists such as Randy Weston, Dave Burrell and Geri Allen, with the poet Amiri Baraka, with the singers Cassandra Wilson and Macy Gray, with the Grateful Dead’s guitarist Jerry Garcia and many others. He has also recently formed a fruitful partnership with the poet/rapper Saul Williams. He returns to Bergamo Jazz exactly twenty years after his first participation, with the project Speaking in Tongues. At his side, among others, is the drummer Eric McPherson, whose image stands on the cover of the photographic book published by Bergamo Jazz in 2018.