An incredibly beautiful album from Mark Murphy
– proof that his recent resurgence on Verve is a very very good thing! As with his previous album for Verve, Mark
's working here with Till Bronner handling production – and the presence of this younger talent really seems to help Murphy
find a new sort of strength that he hasn't had in years – a way of putting over a tune that really recalls his genius of the 70s, but which also shows a tremendous sensitivity that's been picked up in his later years. The ballads are almost better here than the more upbeat numbers – and Murphy
's got a way of singing them that almost makes them into little tales of love lost, late nights, and personal redemption. Bronner plays trumpet or flugelhorn on many tracks, and a few especially nice numbers feature some larger orchestrations – used very subtly to flesh out the deeper colors of the tunes. The recording quality is superb – warm, but not slick – and with a perfect balance of sound that brings out previously unheard aspects of Murphy
's voice. CD features the titles "Stolen Moments", "So Doggone Lonesome", "What If", "The Interview", "Love Is What Stays", "Too Late Now", "Blue Cell Phone", and "Did I Ever Really Live".
(Out of print. CD case has a cutout hole.)