Pretty darn cool stuff from one of the greatest jazz singers around! This one was Mark's first album, cut a long time ago when he was a wee lad – as you'll see by the photo on the cover. The arrangements are by Ralph Burns, and they're pretty darn hip – and although the style is more traditional than some of Mark's later records, it's amazing to hear how well-developed his vocal style is even at this early age. Many of the tracks remind us of some of the harder swinging work that Murphy cut in London and Europe during the late 60s – and tracks include "I've Got Two Eyes", "You Mustn't Kick It Around", "Exactly Like You", "Give It Back To The Indians", and "Fascinating Rhythm". LP, Vinyl record album
Mark Murphy —
Rah ... LP Riverside, 1961. Used ...
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Great early work by Mark Murphy – a set that's different than the cool breeziness of his 70s work, and done with an approach that's a lot hipper than most of his 60s contemporaries! Ernie Wilkins handles the arrangements, and there's a rollicking soul jazz groove here that's a bit unusual for Murphy – but which makes for a nice change from his earlier work for Decca or Capitol. As with most of Mark's records, the tunes are very well-chosen, and go way past the obvious – a set list that includes Fran Landesman's great "Stoppin The Clock", Jon Hendricks' lyrics to Horace Silver's "Doodlin", Annie Ross' famous vocalese version of "Twisted", and hip takes on jazz standards "Green Dolphin Street", "Milestones", and "Out Of This World". LP, Vinyl record album
Mark Murphy with Viva Brazil —
Brazil Song ... LP Muse, 1983. Used ...
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Great album of breezy vocals that Mark Murphy recorded with the San Francisco-based jazz group Viva Brazil. The LP shows Murphy's dedication to Brazilian styles, and gives him very sympathetic backing by one of the finest Brazilian fusion groups working at the time. Tracks include "Two Kites", "Outubro", "Bridges", and "Bolero De Sata", as well as a version of "The Island". LP, Vinyl record album
A great little set from Ernie Andrews – sounding quite different than on most of his other work! Although Ernie's best known as a jazz vocalist, he steps out here in a mode that's got a heck of a lot of 60s soul – working with arrangements by Shorty Rogers in a style that's got plenty of the same feel as Lou Rawls' best work at Capitol from the same time. The tunes are all nice and jaunty, grooving along with a hip and well-punctuated approach to the material that brings in plenty of light funk – and titles include "Crackerbox Livin", "More Than Ever Before", "Charms Of The Arms Of Love", "Knock On Wood", "Walk Tall", "Go To Hell", and "You Can Make It Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout mark, and a bit of light wear.)
Wonderful early work from Jackie & Roy – a rare album that captures them between their early fame with Charlie Ventura, and their key classics on Storyville and ABC! The pair are great throughout – singing duo jazz vocals with a sense of whimsy and swing that nobody else can match – and backings from both Neal Hefti and Ventura ensure that there's a strong jazz sensibility to all tracks, with just the right kind of back and forth motion to bring out all the best charms of the pair. Titles include "Banana Split", "I Hear Music", "The Continental", "The Honey Jump", "Love Nest", "Glasses N Ashes N Bottles N Cans", and "Just You Just Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, and a small mark from an old sticker. Vinyl is nice and clean.)
An overlooked vocal session from RCA – recorded in that magical year of 1957, when it seemed the label would never stop putting out great music! Jennie Smith is one of the lesser-known girl singers on the label, but she definitely fits in well with their approach – getting full backings here from Ray Ellis, in ways that make for lots of dark corners and moody moments – not entirely traditional torch, but a very blue-tinged batch of arrangements. Titles include "All My Life", "No Such Luck", "I Hear Music", "Sometimes I'm Happy", "I'm A Fool To Want You", and "I'll String Along With You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing. Cover has a mark from sticker removal and half split bottom seam.)
One of Nancy Wilson's hippest albums from the 70s – a great record of smooth mellow tracks produced by Eugene McDaniels, handled with some nice jazzy flourishes, and a warm soulful sound that brings out the best in Nancy's vocals! If you've dug her vocals on the Life, Love, & Harmony album, you'll find that this one's pretty similar – with some great easily grooving tunes that well mark her move into modern soul – and a sophistication that goes way beyond her work of the 60s! Titles include "China", "I Don't Want A Sometimes Man", "From You To Me To You", "Stay Tuned", "When We Were One", and "Now". LP, Vinyl record album