MING is considered, along with HOME, the seminal David Murray Octet recording. The 25-year old Murray leads an ace group through a thrilling tour of hard bop, free-form, and ballads. Murray and his players (Henry Threadgill, Anthony Davis, and Wilbur Morris to name a few of the heavyweights) deftly illustrate that the entire legacy of jazz is avant-garde in nature.
The high-octane "The Fast Life" introduces complex group arrangements over Murray's masterful phrasing on the tenor saxophone. The title track, a ballad dedicated to Murray's wife, boasts elegant trombone playing by George Lewis while "Dewey's Circle" has some truly amazing ensemble improvisation. MING is the meeting point at which the avant-garde collides with melody and tradition to make a simply classic jazz recording.