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Review of MPS Albums From Oscar Peterson and Mark Murphy

Oscar Peterson Trio & the Singers Unlimited: In Tune (MPS) Mark Murphy: Midnight Mood (MPS) Founded in 1968, Germany’s MPS label was home to an enormously wide mix of jazz, covering everything from swing to ethno jazz and including such giants as Kenny Clarke, Dexter Gordon, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald. Now, remastered versions of … Read More “Review of MPS Albums From Oscar Peterson and Mark Murphy”

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Mark Murphy: Wild and Free: Live at the Keystone Corner (HighNote)

June 1980: Mark Murphy arrives for a gig at San Francisco’s landmark Keystone Korner. He’s savoring what is arguably the most satisfactory tract of his five-decade career. The days of hidebound labels trying to shoehorn him into a Sinatra or Andy Williams mold are a distant memory; his rollercoaster recording history has settled into a … Read More “Mark Murphy: Wild and Free: Live at the Keystone Corner (HighNote)”

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London, Meader, Pramuk & Ross: The Royal Bopsters Project

Five years in gestation, this boplicious project serves as both the introduction to a terrific new vocal foursome and as a living tribute to five of jazz singing’s foremost pioneers. The idea was ignited in 2010 when Amy London and Holli Ross paid a visit to an ailing Mark Murphy. A year later, they invited … Read More “London, Meader, Pramuk & Ross: The Royal Bopsters Project”

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Mark Murphy: Shadows

Throughout Mark Murphy’s remarkably multifaceted recording career, spanning seven decades, there have been only a couple of gaps, the longest stretching from 1991 to 1996. Now, from the tail end of that fallow period come these eight tracks, recorded in Slovenia with a quartet of European musicians-saxophonist/flutist Karlheinz Miklin, pianist Fritz Pauer, bassist Ewald Oberleitner … Read More “Mark Murphy: Shadows”

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