Mark Murphy: Dim The Lights
A loping blues highlighting Benny Green’s strengths starts the session with an uplifting mood. It goes directly downhill from there into the stark realities of romance, requiring a box of tissue, a soft pillow, and a quiet moment. The title track, "Dim the Lights," sets the mood correctly with Murphy’s lyrics about looking back at memories of what could have been. Bill Evans’ "Two Lonely People" offers deep dramatic insight, while Hein Van De Geyn’s "North Sea Night" paints a picture of lasting desire, and Peggy Lee’s lyrics from "I’m In Love Again" remind us that we’ve seen all that before and look forward to better days. They’re sad songs with a lot to think about. A trilogy of "Beautiful Love," "Lullaby of the Leaves" and "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise" is performed by multi-tracking the three tunes on top of each other, blending them proportionately with lyrics and scat singing. The trilogy adds a light touch to the album and serves to represent the mixed feelings we sometimes get from relationships. As the session nears the end, "Corcovado" bounces a little to brighten up the day with Gene Lees’ lyrics about being happy together again. Murphy and Green stir the emotions and provide an opportunity to just sit back and let yourself go.
Track Listing: Your Red Wagon; Rules of the Road; Street of Dreams; Trilogy: Beautiful Love / Lullaby of the Leaves / Softly As In A Morning Sunrise; A Quiet Place; Dim the Lights; See You Later; Two Lonely People; It Amazes Me; North Sea Night; Time All Gone; I Never Know When to Say When / I
Personnel: Mark Murphy- vocals; Benny Green- piano.
Record Label: Millennium Recordings