Flower For Albert (yes again) June 28, 2007Posted by wallofsound in David Murray, Jazz.
David Murray quoted in Howard Mandel Future Jazz, page 50:
“Critics always compare me to Albert Ayler too, but I’ll tell you the truth, man, I don’t think I’ve sounded like Albert Ayler for one minute. I like what he did, but the reason I dedicated ‘Flowers for Albert’ to him was, I was walking down by the East River [near where the murdered Ayler’s corpse was found] one day, I’d just finished talking to Sunny Murray [a drummer for Ayler, but not kin to David], and I started whistling that tune. I came home, wrote it down, and because of my conversation with Sunny Murray I dedicated it to Ayler. I never met the cat. That’s as close as I’ve come. But everybody started jumping on the bandwagon.”