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Mark Murphy: Murphy’s Mood

Casual fans of bop vocalist Mark Murphy who bring home this DVD without closely examining the list of performances are likely to be left wanting more-a lot more.

Featuring two nearly 30-year-old episodes of the TV show Ad Lib, Murphy’s Mood isn’t quite what it appears to be at first glance. The cover jacket’s fine print alludes to special guest performances by trumpeters Pete and Conte Candoli, but the late siblings are represented by six performances on this hour-long disc, each arrangement enhanced by a seasoned West Coast rhythm section, while Murphy appears on just four tracks, adroitly accompanied by keyboardist Bill Mays, bassist Monty Budwig and drummer Chiz Harris.

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