Stunningly great album by Mark Murphy, recorded in the UK in the mid-60s for the mostly-rock Immediate label – but certainly one of his best from that decade! The album sees the American jazz singer teaming up with Kenny
Napper, Ronnie Scott's bassist, on a set of arrangements that are completely different from those on other Murphy albums – especially his American ones. In fact, the sound and style is very similar to that used on some of the early Scott Walker solo albums – which is no surprise since Napper, in Ronnie Scott's band, backed up Walker during his rare solo live engagements. The album also boasts other British jazz greats – like Tony Coe, Kenny
Baker, and Alan Branscombe – and it's got a beautifully airy quality that works perfectly with Murphy's rich, tightly-controlled voice. Titles include "Star Sounds", "You'd Better Love Me", "In Love for The Very First Time", "Talk To Me Baby", "That's What Makes A Girl", and "Who Can I Turn To?". Nice one!
(Out of print.)