It was reported today that jazz critic, essayist and novelist Albert Murray died Sunday, August 18 in Harlem at 97 years old. Murray was a very much opposed to black separatism.
Literary critic Professor Henry Louis Gates wrote in the 1996 New Yorker profile "King of Cats" that "you learn a great many things when you sit with him in his apartment, but, summed up, they amount to a larger vision: this is Albert Murray's century; we just live in it."
In his 1970 book "The Omni-Americans," Murray said that in the United States, black and white were permanently intertwined, and that "American culture, even in its most rigidly segregated precincts ... is incontestably mulatto."
Murray promoted his views in a series of autobiographical novels, a nonfiction narrative ("South to a Very Old Place"), an acclaimed history of music ("Stomping the Blues") and several books of criticism.
Although slowed by back trouble, Murray continued to write well into his 80s, and also helped Wynton Marsalis and others stage the acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts. Millions of television viewers came to know him as a featured commentator in Ken Burns' documentary series "Jazz."
Funeral arrangements are pending,