Tommy Vig and David
Murray are the real deal! Welcome to Hungary! is a Bags and
Trane collaboration configured for the 21st century.
Tommy Vig’s Orchestra is truly outstanding on all fronts, and his
arrangements are, of course, nothing less than top notch. The highlight
of the album is the constant interaction and interplay of Tommy Vig’s
cool vibes and David Murray’s halting tenor saxophone.
David Murray is the
true heir to the late John Coltrane’s avant-garde tenor saxophone
technique and concept, and Tommy Vig is mindful of his playing
up-and-down the horn throughout the entire album. He has composed and
arranged precisely to suite his guest soloist’s ecstatic tenor saxophone
playing. David Murray’s non-stop stretches up-and-down the tenor
saxophone are completely synchronized with Tommy Vig’s Orchestra.
arrangements are incredibly tight; you can feel the band’s pulse
throughout each track of the album, with each instrumentalists being
completely in-line with the other. David Murray’s extended technique
provides a harmony-in-itself, and Tommy Vig realizes the full effects of
this, hence the need for his Orchestra to provide a more focused energy
that would give Murray the space to stretch out. Murray plays the tenor
saxophone with Tommy Vig’s Orchestra in the same spirit as tenor-man
John Gilmore did with the Sun Ra Arkestra during the golden era of