Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy

"Mark Murphy often seemed the only true jazz singer of his generation to be" the American critic John Bush judges in the All Music Guide. "As a young, hip post bop singer Murphy spent most of his career trying to sing standards - and presented in the artistic meager period of 70s and 80s often radically Revised versions of these standards, while many other singers to lure the lounge -Music succumbed. "

The fact is: Mark Murphy was not only a "young, hip post bop singer", but is still one of the biggest - and hippest - jazz singers of today. The show alone the FüNF victories he in the reader survey of downbeat pocketed in the years 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2003 according to the "best Jazz Singer", but also his now six Grammy nominations in the category "Best Jazz Vocal Performance ".

The Mark was born on 14 March 1932 in Syracuse / New York and grew up in nearby Fulton Murphy took 24 years fOr Decca released his debut album "Meet Mark Murphy" and impressed already at the very beginning of his career by his excellent scat skills. With its bebopgeschulten song and a clever choice of repertoire he stood out in the following decades by the majority of its often acting just as a crooner colleagues. Singing greats like Betty Carter, Peggy Lee, Cleo Laine and Shirley Horn praised Murphy later in the choir as one of the best in the industry and the legendary Ella Fitzgerald even declared: ". He is my equal"

More freedom of choice to win to take his record deal with Capitol Records on and began fOr small independent labels exciting projects sparked Murphy early 60s. With jazz legends such as Bill Evans, Clark Terry, Urbie Green, blue Mitchell and Wynton Kelly, among others he took time fOr the Riverside label Now one of the classics plate "Rah" which was only recently reissued by Fantasy Records. With musicians from the legendary Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, he played in 1970 fOr MPS / SABA an album "Midnight Mood", which in 2005 will finally re-released on CD. 1973 Murphy began a nearly two-decades-long Liasion with the now-defunct label Muse. There he brought undoubtedly the best albums of his career out: among other classics like "Stolen Moments" (1978), "Bop For Kerouac" (1981), "Brazil Songs" (1983), "Beauty And The Beast" (1985) and "Kerouac Then and Now" (1986).

By working with the Japanese acid jazz trio U.F.O. came the cult star Mark Murphy mid 90s suddenly into view a younger listeners generation that had grown up with acid jazz and hip hop. Murphys overwhelming success with the young people not only proved that jazz is truly timeless and across generations, but also that the time after all, already over sixty years Murphy had his ear on the pulse without selling out there. 2002 brought him the German trumpeter Till Bronner as a guest singer for the recording of his album "blue-eyed soul" into the studio and laid the foundation for Murphys latest solo album "Once To Every Heart".

On this produced by Till Brönner album proves Mark Murphy that his creative fire is far from extinguished. The program of "Once To Every Heart" is true (except for the viewing of Till Bronner with Rob Hoare "Our game" and Mark Murphy "I Know You From Somewhere") of familiar jazz standards but Murphy succeeds by the way as he interpreted them to sound these pieces refreshingly new and unused. Contributing in no small degree course at the highly sensitive accompaniment of Till Bronner and Frank Chastenier and their tasteful solos. Murphy himself was completely thrilled by the collaboration with the two Germans who are not even half as old as he. "You meet rarely on jazz musicians who were interested in the lyrics of the songs that they play, interested. But Till is even a good singer," said Mark Murphy. And over the album he judges with nonchalant casualness: "I guess that's probably the best thing I've ever done."

08/2005

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