We could not be more excited today to bring you “Army of the Faithful” from Be My Monster Love, David Murray‘s first quartet album in six years. The track features a guest appearance by none other than the Grammy Award-nominated Gregory Porter as well as the Infinity Quartet, a brand new dynamic group consisting of Marc Cary on piano, Jaribu Shahid on bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums. The album, which will drop June 11th, 2013 on Motéma, will also feature guest spots by Macy Gray (whom he met working on Questlove’s Afro Picks Project)  and Murray’s former teacher at Pomona College, trumpeter Bobby Bradford.

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Having been named Musician of the Decade by the Village Voice in the ’80s, Newsday‘s Musician of the Year in 1993, receiving a Bird Award, and a discography that spans over 35 years, Murray maintains a position of being one of the most underrated, dynamic and creative saxophonists alive. “Army of the Faithful” has the collaboration with Gregory Porter pushing your ears into a modern gospel sound space that makes you want to dance while featuring solos from Murray that should go down as some of the best of this year (plus some pretty amazing organ work by Marc Cary). Porter’s gritty resolve reaches the depths of soul-searching while continuing to drive the song forward in a type of march within the workings of Cary, Shahid, and Waits. Take a listen here:

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Instead of liner notes, Murray decided to include a short story entitled A Dangerous Kind of Love penned by novelist Robert Wilson that is based on lyrics from the album written by Ishmael Reed. All in all this album is going to be one hell of a release on the basis of creativity, energy, and good music. Be sure to grab a copy of the record on June 11th and catch Murray on tour this spring and summer.

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