Tempting as it is to label Tom Lellis the “next Mark Murphy,” the epithet is triply inappropriate. First, Lellis is already more than a quarter-century into a stellar career and far too advanced to be considered the “next” anything. Second, though his sound often mirrors Murphy, his style is distinctly his own. Third, as demonstrated through his entire recorded oeuvre and particularly on the vibrant Avenue of the Americas, singing represents just one thread of the intricately woven Lellis cloth.
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