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Paul Murphy

Truly a master improviser, Paul was a child prodigy drummer by the age of 7. He studied with Joseph Leavitt, the director of percussion at the Peabody Conservatory of music.

By the age of 11, his musical training was further enhanced by attending seminars conducted by the legendary Louie Bellson, soon becoming a student and protégé of Gene Krupa. By the age of 16 he was working with Duke Ellington’s Bassist Billy Taylor. Paul played on the jazz/blues circuit for years before he moved to the west coast and became one of the original innovators of Avant-Garde Jazz in California’s San Francisco Bay area.

In 1974 the legendary Jimmy Lyons heard Paul playing at a club in San Francisco and asked him to come to New York and play the jazz scene there. For the next 12 years he played, recorded, and toured the USA & Europe with Mr

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Larry Willis: Reaching and Teaching

Read "Larry Willis: Reaching and Teaching" reviewed by Russ Musto

In a career spanning five decades, Larry Willis has amassed one the most impressive resumes in jazz, including tenures with Jackie McLean, Hugh Masekela, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Stan Getz, Carla Bley, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Cobb's So What Sextet and Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, testifying to the high esteem in which he is ...

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Paul F. Murphy: Playing Universally

Read "Paul F. Murphy: Playing Universally" reviewed by Dominic Fragman

Legendary drummer Paul F. Murphy has been involved with the high end of improvised music since the mid-1970s in San Francisco. He is most closely associated with the avant-garde of the '70s, '80s and '90s as a 12-year member of alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons' band and a leader of several of his own groups, including Trio ...

Foundations

Label: Murphy Records
Released: 2009

Excursions

Label: Murphy Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: A Prayer for All Ages; Night Fall; Eclipse; A Tender Heart; Slippery Slope; My Man's Gone Now; Excusions; Ostinato; Long Road Home; Dance of the Sun Sisters; Sonny's Quantum Leap; Four Stations.

Expose

Label: Murphy Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Titanium; Expose; Liquid Dance; Swing Check; Labyrinth; Introspectus; Night Shapes; West Lens; Deeply Embraced; Soft Pursuit; Exit 25.

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Paul Murphy: Expose

Read "Expose" reviewed by Lyn Horton

Honesty in music is without doubt identifiable. It comes across in the way musicians touch their instruments, the statements they make, the tone they set, the nature of their musicality and how they all merge. No truer an example of this can be found than the 2008 duo Exposé from drummer Paul Murphy and pianist Larry Willis.

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Paul Murphy: Excursions

Read "Excursions" reviewed by Lyn Horton

Hidden away on small unknown labels is music that needs to be heard. A case in point is Excursions, featuring pianist Larry Willis and percussionist Paul Murphy. This music evokes no largesse, only thoughtfulness and solace. Abstraction is not as much the focus in this music as it is a concise, direct ...

The Trip

Label: Soul Note
Released: 2006


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