Mark Murphy


HighNote HCD 7310
Mark Murphy
Wild and Free

When Mark Murphy died in October 2015, the obituaries claimed that he had been almost the last of his kind. Murphy, it was said, was a man who embodied the spirit of postwar bohemia, the 'On The Road' Kerouac generation who fought against the straight life of prosperity and numb consumerism they saw all around them. With a catalogue of more than 40 albums under his own name as well as numerous collaborations, Mark Murphy resisted orthodoxy. He could very likely have enjoyed a successful mainstream career had he remained a crooner in the vein of Mel Tormé or Jack Jones, but he had greater ambition to carry the jazz vocal flame. He was a consummate improviser, who never sang a song the same way twice. It is that Mark Murphy we encounter here in a historic engagement at the Keystone Korner which was his only performance in the club. Familiar Murphy favorites are here along with a few surprises with Mark's voice alternately thundering and whispering through the inspired setlist.

MARK MURPHY, vocals • Paul Potyan, piano • Peter Barshay, bass • Jack Gobbetti, drums • Babatunde Lea, percussion

TRACKS: I Return to Music • Farmer's Market • Spring Medley • Stompin' at the Savoy • You Fascinate Me So • Bijou • Fiesta in Blue • Body and Soul • Waters of March • Laugh Clown Laugh / Send in the Clowns • Charleston Alley • Blues in the Night • I've Got You Under My Skin • Don't Be Blue • Introducing the band

 Stompin' at the Savoy


 Charleston Alley

 Don't Be Blue

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