One of Mark Murphy's standout sessions for Muse – a bit more arranged than some of the others, with backings directed by Dave Matthews that bring a nice sort of punch to the session! The tracks are mostly jazz standards, done in vocalese mode – with instrumentation by a small group that includes Gerry Niewood, Sue Evans, George Mraz, and Tom Harrell. A few moments get slightly hokey, but in a way we're used to from Murphy at the time – but they're more than made up for by the straighter numbers on the set. Titles include "I Remember Clifford", "Moody's Mood", "The Odd Child", "Close Enough For Love", "Autumn Nocturne", and a medley of "Babe's Blues/Little Niles/Dat Dere". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp and light wear.)
Mark Murphy's classic set of tracks dedicated to Kerouac, with Richie Cole filling the role of Bird on alto, and Murphy singing vocalese versions of Parker's tunes, and reading from some of Kerouac's writings. Tracks include "Parker's Mood", "Boplicity", "Bongo Beep", "You Better Go Now", "The Bad & The Beautiful", "Down St thomas Way" and "Goodbye Porkpie Hat". LP, Vinyl record album
Mark Murphy —
Rah ... LP Riverside, 1961. Near Mint- ...
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
A rare British session from vocalist Mark Murphy – and one of his grooviest albums of the 60s! Mark's working here with great backings from the orchestras of Tubby Hayes, John Dankworth, and Les Reed – all of whom give Murphy some of his hippest grooves to date, very much in the mode of some of his work on the Midnight Mood album cut for MPS during the same overseas 60s stretch. And as with that one, there's a nice selection of tunes that goes way past the usual – and which shows off the widest range of Murphy's groovy vocal talents – titles that include "Ballyhoo", "Iceberg", "Stablemates", "She Loves You", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "I Left My Heart In San Francisco", "From Time To Time", and "The Best Is Yet To Come". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with deep groove, including Fontana inner sleeve.)
The second album from one of the most unique voices in British music in the 60s – a really sublime little set that moves beyond familiar folk, rock, and pop – to put Marianne Faithfull in a mighty special place that's all her own! Right from the very first note of her voice, Marianne's out to sound way different than the rest – with a darkness that almost echoes the solo work of Nico, but a warmer sound that still holds on to some of the previous Brit mode that inform the album. Arrangements are totally great – penned by David Whittaker, Mike Leander, and Jon Mark – conducted by Leander with an eerie sound that's really amazing. Titles include "Come & Stay With Me", "As Tears Go By", "Down Town", "I'm A Loser", "What Have I Done Wrong", "They Never Will Leave You", and "He'll Come Back To Me". (Rock, Vocalists)LP, Vinyl record album
Breezy scatting vocals – and a really wonderful west coast set! There must have been something in the water in California during the late 70s and early 80s – because the state was awash with great jazz vocal talent – a rich array of inventive singers, all working in territory similar to that of Mark Murphy and Jackie & Roy! Feather were one of the best of these groups – led by the team of Weaver Copeland and Mahmu Pearl – both of whom trade off on vocals on the tunes, singing to a warm set of instrumentation that includes Fender Rhodes, flute, alto, and guitar. The album's got nice vocal takes on "Joy Spring" and "Nica's Dream" – and includes the original tracks "Zanzibar", "High Butterfly", and "Alicia". LP, Vinyl record album
Features Ella Fitzgerald on vocal performances of "April In Paris", "Party Blues", and "Every Day I Have The Blues" – with Count Basie backing. Also features a jam session version of "Billie's Bounce" – with Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, Tal Farlow, Zoot Sims, and others – and a solo piano take on "Lady Fair" by George Wallington. (Jazz, Vocalists)LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing on heavy vinyl. Cover has a mark from sticker removal.)
Cal Tjader & Carmen McRae —
Heat Wave ... LP Concord, 1982. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
In our opinion, Carmen always sounds best when she's singing with a small jazz combo backing her up – which is why we dig this tasty set from the early 80s, recorded with a great group led by Cal! The album's got some nice Latin touches – thanks to piano by Mark Levin, and conga work by Poncho Sanchez – and tunes on the record are a mix of standards and a few more interesting numbers, all delivered with a nice light groove. Titles include "Besame Mucho", "Heat Wave", "All In Love Is Fair", "Evil Ways", "Love", "The Visit", and "Speak Low". (Jazz, Vocalists)LP, Vinyl record album