Detroit saxophonist Dave McMurray didn't plan on taking six years to bring out his latest album, "I Know About Love." But a tenure in Kid Rock's Twisted Brown Trucker band has become a happy priority.
"Playing with Kid Rock turned into a week, two weeks...and now it's been five years," says the Detroit-born McMurray, 55, who studied at Cranbrook Academy and has degrees in psychology and Urban Studies from Wayne State University. He's also been part of the band Was (Not Was) and served as music director for R&B singer Kem.
"As soon as (KId Rock) started I put everything else on hold, so now I'm hoping to get (his solo work) started again.
Earlier this year Murray released his fifth album, "I Know About Love," which is starting to get support for the tracks "Radio Days" and his cover of Bobby Womack's "Inherit the Wind" with Was (Not Was) singer Sweet Pea Atkinson. Kem appears on a track as well, but a more surprising guest is Paradime, Kid Rock's DJ and hype man, who busts rhymes on "I Love You Jazz."
"When you're in a band you always have somebody you kind of really get on with, and he's like a real dictionary of music," says McMurray, who will also be playing at Detroit's River Days festival and is headed to Japan with Bob James along with this summer's handful of Kid Rock shows. "(Paradime) is very up on old R&B, jazz, everything. We talk a lot about music. And he's the only other one (in the band) who's also trying to do a solo career, so we're a natural fit.
"When I did (the song) I thought he would just do a verse and he ended up doing three verses. But he told such a story I said, 'OK, I'm just gonna do the whole thing and keep all of it, which was a great surprise."
Dave McCurray performs May 23-26 at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe. Seating times are 6 and 8:30 p.m., with a 10:30 show on May 26. There is no cover. Call 313-882-5299 or visit www.dirtydogjazz.com.
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