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Albert L. Murray (born May 12, 1916 in Nokomis, Mobile County, Alabama) is an African-American literary and jazz critic, novelist and biographer.

He attended the Tuskegee Institute and received a Bachelors degree in 1939. He later earned a M.A. from New York University in 1948. In 1943 he entered the U.S. Air Force, from which he retired as a major in 1962.

Murray began his writing career in earnest in 1962, after he retired from the military. His first book The Omni-Americans (1970) received critical acclaim.

Though they did not know each other at Tuskegee, Murray and Ralph Ellison became close friends shortly after Murray graduated. Their mutually influential relationship...reflected in the book The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray...informed the thinking and writing of both men from the time of the writing of Ellison's Invisible Man, through Murray's social-aesthetic works and novels, up until Ellison's death in 1994.

Murray and the American painter Romare Bearden were also close friends and influenced each other's art. Bearden's 1971 six-panel, 18-foot collage "The Block" was inspired by the view from Murray's Harlem apartment.

As detailed in Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s New Yorker profile "King of Cats" (April 8, 1996) and in Sanford Pinsker's article in the Virginia Quarterly Review (linked below), Murray received greater attention in the 80's and 90's due to his influence on critic Stanley Crouch and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis. After detailing Murray's insightful non-fiction and fiction...of history, politics, aesthetics, painting, music, and literature, Gates concluded his profile by noting: "This is Albert Murray's century, we just live in it."

With Wynton Marsalis, Murray is the co-founder of the program and institution known as Jazz at Lincoln Center.

He has written several books:
  • The Blue Devils of Nada, a collection of essays (1996),
  • The Seven League Boots (1996),
  • Train Whistle Guitar, novel (1974),
  • South to a Very Old Place (1971),
  • Stomping the Blues (1976),
  • The Spyglass Tree (1991), and
  • The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray (2001).
He was co-author of Count Basie's autobiography Good Morning Blues (1985).
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Total Books: 38
Albert Murray Collected Novels  Poems Train Whistle Guitar / The Spyglass Tree / The Seven League Boots / The Magic Keys/ Poems
Albert Murray Collected Essays  Memoirs The Omni-Americans / South to a Very Old Place / The Hero and the Blues / Stomping the Blues / The Blue Devils of Nada
Murray Talks Music Albert Murray on Jazz and Blues
The Magic Keys
2006 - The Magic Keys (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781400095537
ISBN-10: 1400095530
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Magic Keys  A Novel
2005 - The Magic Keys a Novel (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780375423536
ISBN-10: 0375423532
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 0.5/5 Stars.

Good Morning Blues The Autobiography of Count Basie
Conjugations and Reiterations  Poems
2001 - Conjugations and Reiterations Poems (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780375421419
ISBN-10: 0375421416
Genre: Literature & Fiction

From the Briarpatch File  On Context Procedure and American Identity
2001 - From the Briarpatch File on Context Procedure and American Identity (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780375421426
ISBN-10: 0375421424
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

Trading Twelves  The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
2000 - Trading Twelves the Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray [Modern Library Hardcover] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780375503672
ISBN-10: 0375503676
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Train Whistle Guitar  A Novel
1998 - Train Whistle Guitar a Novel [Vintage International] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780375703362
ISBN-10: 0375703365
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Teen & Young Adult
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

The Blue Devils of Nada  A Contemporary American Approach to Aesthetic Statement
The Seven League Boots
1997 - The Seven League Boots (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780679758587
ISBN-10: 0679758585
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Romare Bearden in Black-And-White Photomontage Projections 1964
1997 - Romare Bearden in Black-and-white Photomontage Projections 1964 (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780874271041
ISBN-10: 0874271045
Genre: Arts & Photography

The Seven League Boots  A novel
1996 - The Seven League Boots a Novel (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780679439868
ISBN-10: 0679439862
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Hero and the Blues
1996 - The Hero and the Blues (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780679762201
ISBN-10: 0679762205
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

South to a Very Old Place
1995 - South to a Very Old Place (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780679601470
ISBN-10: 0679601473
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction

The Spyglass Tree
1992 - The Spyglass Tree (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780679730859
ISBN-10: 0679730850
Genre: Literature & Fiction

1991 - The Spy Glass Tree (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780394588872
ISBN-10: 0394588878

South to a Very Old Place
1991 - South to a Very Old Place (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780679736950
ISBN-10: 0679736956
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

The Omni-Americans Some Alternatives to the Folklore of White Supremacy
1990 - The Omni-americans Some Alternatives to the Folklore of White Supremacy [Da Capo Press Paperback] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780306803956
ISBN-10: 030680395X
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Stomping the Blues
1989 - Stomping the Blues [Da Capo Paperback] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780306803628
ISBN-10: 0306803623
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

1989 - Train Whistle Guitar [Northeastern Library of Black Literature] (Paperback)Paperback