John Murph

John’s Contributions

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03/29/14    Features

Rudy Royston: A Trusted Sideman Turns Bandleader

"Be what you feel," says the drummer

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03/25/14    Features

Kris Bowers: New Power Generation

Balancing jazz intellect and accessible songcraft

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03/03/14    Albums

The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988
Herbie Hancock

Box sets this colossal should come with roadmaps. At 34 discs, the set will surely intimidate the novice listener. In today’s ADD world, being presented with nearly two decades of material can be paralyzing, especially if the listener’s inclination is to...

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02/04/14    Features

Randy Weston & Billy Harper: Raising Spirits, Telling Stories

Flowing through personal and cultural history

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01/17/14    Features

Betty Carter's School of Spontaneity

The late singer gave tough-love lessons to generations

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12/17/13    Albums

Tony Allen's Crucial Albums

Five classic examples of African groove art

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05/31/13    Overdue Ovation

"KiIler" Ray Appleton: Once Upon a Time in the Midwest

Following a tragic accident, learning to drum again

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05/24/13    Features

Dear Abbey: Marc Cary Pays Tribute to a Legendary Singer

Abbey Lincoln celebrated on keyboardist's newest release

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05/14/13    Albums

Life Forum
Gerald Clayton

Gerald Clayton switches up his game on this thrilling disc. He ups the conceptual ante and widens his sonic palette to include trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, saxophonists Logan Richardson and Dayna Stephens, and singers Gretchen Parlato and Sachal Vasandani...

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03/26/13    Albums

House of Legends
Courtney Pine

Nearly three decades since emerging as a solo artist, Courtney Pine remains a thrilling showman on the saxophone, prone to show off his virtuosity—especially his mastery of circular breathing—even when it’s not necessarily in service of the music. Pine’s...

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12/10/12    Features

Joe Chambers: The Big Picture

Whatever you do, don't call this multi-tasker "just a drummer"

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07/04/12    Albums

The Complete 1970s Epic Albums Collection
George Duke

What perfect timing for two grand box sets of classic jazz-funk and fusion. Whether they realize it or not, current groove-savvy artists like Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spalding, Flying Lotus and Thundercat are indebted to the ’70s work of keyboardist George...

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06/06/12    Features

Don Byron: Song of a Preacher Fan

From professional struggles to televangelism: a musical-spiritual story

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05/29/12    Features

Alfredo Rodríguez: Far From Home, Pursuing Happiness

With his Quincy Jones-produced Debut, a pianist emerges

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03/30/12    Features

Gregory Porter: Jazz's Next Great Male Vocalist

Embracing the struggle between joy and pain

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01/23/12    Features

Luis Perdomo: A Bandleader Made, Not Born

“It just feels right” to emerge as leader, says the pianist

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About John Murph

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John Murph is a Washington, D.C.-based music, art and pop culture journalist. His work has been published in JazzTimes, Down Beat, JazzWise and Vibe magazines; in the Washington Post, the Washington Post Express and the Washington City Paper newspapers; and on the NPR, BET Interactive and the Root Web sites. He also hosts a bi-weekly radio show on WPFW-FM (89.3).