Turk Murphy

Turk at Carnegie

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Less than five months before he died, veteran trad jazz trombonist Turk Murphy was honored with a night at Carnegie Hall. This album has the highlights. The Jim Cullum band (featuring the leader on cornet, clarinetist Allan Vache and pianist John Sheridan) is in fine form on Jelly Roll Morton's "Freakish" and "Washboard Blues." The Hot Antic Jazz band from France, a very talented sextet that features the players doubling and tripling on instruments, performs three obscurities and "Turk's Blues." Turk Murphy's final group, a septet mostly filled with unknowns (including cornetists Bob Schulz and clarinetist Ron Deeter) plus guest cornetist Lew Green performs five spirited numbers. As a climax, all three groups combine to play an eight-minute version of Murphy's theme song, "Bay City." Although Turk Murphy was weakened at the time from cancer (this would be one of his last performances), he plays well throughout the emotional and historic performance.