Mark Murphy

The Artistry of Mark Murphy

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Mark Murphy's string of Muse recordings contains most of his greatest work. This excellent album, which finds the jazz singer joined by a septet including trumpeter Tom Harrell, Gerry Niewood on reeds and keyboardist Ben Aranov, has many strong selections. Murphy's "Trilogy for Kids" is an inventive medley of "Babe's Blues," "Little Niles" and "Dat Dere." Other memorable numbers include "The Odd Child" (George Wallington's "Godchild" given Murphy's words), "Moody's Mood" and "Autumn Nocturne." Recommended.

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