Dave McMurray has drawn comparisons to Grover Washington Jr., one of the most popular and influential saxophonists of all time. While a fine compliment, it somewhat misses the point though; this Detroit native has a sound that is truly his own. Considered one of the finest avant-garde saxophonist in his early years, McMurray has shown a special talent for genre-crossing. He has worked with a diverse range of artists, including Bob James, KEM, Don Was (Was Not Was), Bonnie Raitt, Albert King, BB King, Geri Allen, Herbie Hancock, Bootsy Collins, and The Rolling Stones.
“The Gemini II has superb clarity in the top end, coupled with the kind of full bodied sound you’d expect from a world class tube mic… stunning!”
Dave McMurray debuted as a leader in 1995 with ‘The Dave McMurray Show’ on Warner Bros. ‘My Brother and Me: The Best of Dave McMurray’ is a compilation of the three subsequent albums he recorded for the HipBop / Silva Screen label. In 2010, Dave played for 4 days at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café in Detroit with a stellar quartet that included pianist Luis Resto, famous for his work with Eminem and Jay Z, bassist Paul Nowinski, and Detroit drummer Ken Scott, who has played with Dave for several years…the result is ‘Live at the Dirty Dog’.
‘I Know About Love’ is Dave McMurray’s latest release and is a collection of hypnotic grooves featuring Bob James, Sweet Pea Atkinson, Herschel Boone, Luis Resto, and vocalist Jessica Wagner-Cowan. Soul Brother Records ‘I Know About Love’ Review: “Excellent Smooth Jazz and Fusion album”.
In recent years, Dave has been recording and performing with Kid Rock, playing sold out shows across the world. He has played every major USA TV special, including the Grammy’s, American Music Awards, The Country Music Awards, and the MTV Video Awards.
Dave’s McMurray’s recording studio, ‘The Highlife Room’, is a small Avid Pro Tools studio. Dave McMurray:
“The sE Gemini II microphone has been instrumental in recording my latest CD, entitled ‘I Know About Love’. I use it on pretty much everything these days, and it’s become my mic of choice for everything taking pride of place in a mix… I used it to record all of my saxes, flutes, bass clarinet, and vocals on the new album. It has superb clarity in the top end, coupled with the kind of full bodied sound you’d expect from a world class tube mic… stunning!”
“The Gemini II has been invaluable to me, changing the way I work because it enables me to record high quality vocals, and warm saxophones in my own studio. I only go to outside studios to record drums and to mix. There’s no doubt it’s going to get a lot of use on my forthcoming projects too…”