Mur­ray McNab

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While great swathes of New Zealand’s finest mu­si­cians flew the coop to en­rich Aus­tralia’s scene im­mea­sur­ably, Mur­ray McNabb kept the home fires burn­ing—and that’s not just a fig­ure of speech. Among many other moods the mu­sic of the late pi­anist/com­poser could be truly in­cen­di­ary, as this exquisitely-pro­duced dou­bleLP com­pi­la­tion shows, cov­er­ing his en­deav­ours be­tween 1976 and 2012. These range from big bands to solo pi­ano, and from straight-ahead jazz to funk and elec­tronic sound­scapes. The en­chant­ing Song for the Dreamweaver was recorded in New York with the stel­lar rhythm sec­tion of Ron McClure and Adam Nuss­baum, but the rest—at least those that aren’t solo pi­ano or key­boards— show off many more of New Zealand’s finest, in­clud­ing sax­o­phon­ist Brian Smith, trum­peter Kim Paterson and drum­mer Frank Gib­son Jr.

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