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Mark Murphy

The following is based on the book This is Hip: the Life of Mark Murphy by {{m: Peter Jones = 58082}} (Equinox Publishing, 2018). All rights reserved. In the opinion of many, {{m: Mark Murphy = 9692}} was the greatest jazz singer who ever lived. Quite a statement, but one that can be made to stand up pretty well in court. There have, of course, been more successful jazz singers; certainly more popular jazz singers. But not one of them has possessed the sheer range of abilities that Murphy was blessed with. He had a natural “instrument” at his disposal, a rich, masculine tone that could shape any jazz standard as beautifully as you were ever likely to hear it

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Joe Fields, 1929-2017

Joe Fields, 1929-2017

On July 12 we lost Joe Fields. During his long career Fields was the guiding spirit of record labels committed to unalloyed jazz. He started the Cobblestone label and later changed its name to Muse. Among the dozens of musicians he recorded on Muse over three decades were Woody Shaw, Houston Person, Grant Green and Pat ...

Bop for Kerouac

Label: Muse Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: Be Bop Lives (Boplicity); Goodbye Pork Pie Hat; Parker's Mood; You Better Go Now; You've Proven Your Point; Bad and the Beautiful; Down St. Thomas Way; Ballad of the Sad Young Men

I'll Close My Eyes

Label: Muse Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: I'll Close My Eyes; If; Happyin'; Miss You Mr. Mercer; Small World; There Is No Reason Why; Time on My Hands; Ugly Woman; Not Like This

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Murphy: Bop for Kerouac

Read "Bop  for Kerouac" reviewed by William Grim

Bop for Kerouac is one of Mark Murphy’s best albums, and that’s saying a lot because over the years he has recorded some of the finest and most innovative jazz vocal albums of all time. It’s a concept album that is focused on the aesthetic of the Beats and features vocalise adaptations of Charlie Parker tunes ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Murphy: I'll Close My Eyes

Read "I'll Close My Eyes" reviewed by William Grim

Every album by Mark Murphy is a gem and I'll Close My Eyes is no exception. Starting with the title track, Murphy displays his uncanny sensitivity to the relationship between words and music by delivering a very emotional reading of the song's verse, a text that is overlooked by most performers. Added to the performance's appeal ...

A Tear Can Tell

Label: Muse Records
Released: 2001

Solo / Strings

Label: Muse Records
Released: 2000

Solo/Strings

Label: Muse Records
Released: 2000

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jaki Byard: Solo/Strings

Read "Solo/Strings" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Jazz history is rife with piano geniuses: Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Cecil Taylor, Herbie Nichols, and so many others. But aside from the monolithic figure of Art Tatum few if any have succeeded in blending virtuosity, imagination and a complete command of the instrument like Jaki Byard did. His senseless murder last year marked the demise ...


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