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Chris Murphy: On a Blue Afternoon

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A gentle, insistent swing and insouciant, charming lyricism make Chris Murphy’s On a Blue Afternoon a leisurely yet absorbing way to spend an hour. The album is violinist Murphy’s tribute to West Coast cool jazz from back in the ’50s, but rather than making new recordings of old material, Murphy, bassist David J. Carpenter and drummer D.J. Bonebrake recreate the laid-back vibe from scratch: All the tunes on the CD are Murphy-Carpenter originals, and the melodies are winsome and appealing whether bluesy (the title track), balladish (“Laguna Canyon”) or simply swaying like a well-worn hammock (“Baxters Back”).

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