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This 12-cut compilation captures Mark Murphy's performances for Savoy between 1973 and 1991. While it may not be the elusive Bop for Kerouac, what is here is every bit as good. Murphy remains a singular talent in jazz. The bop and post- bop scenes have been his inspirations all along and he sings with the authority of a saxophonist. He commands attention from the ensemble with his big throaty baritone and carries its rhythms, harmonies and tight melodic twists and turns perfectly. Some of the most outstanding performances here, though there are no weak ones, are "Along the Red Clay," with Freddie Hubbard, "Moody's Mood," and Billy Strayhorn's haunting "Blood Count."

Biography

Born: 14 March 1932 in Fulton, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Mark Murphy often seemed to be the only true jazz singer of his generation. A young, hip post-bop vocalist, Murphy spent most of his career sticking to the standards — and often presented radically reworked versions of those standards while many submitted to the lure of the lounge singer — during the artistically fallow period of the 1970s and '80s. Marketed as a teen idol by Capitol during the mid-'50s, Murphy deserted the stolid world of commercial pop for a series of exciting dates...
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