January 20, 2007
Mark Murphy is one of the world’s greatest — and hippest — jazz vocalists performing today.
His coterie of fans includes the late tap dancer Gregory Hines, who spontaneously jumped up on stage at Mark’s Las Vegas engagement in 1995 to join him for an impromptu duet. Legendary composer Alec Wilder said of Mark, “I was quite literally amazed. Mark’s musicianship, range, intonation, diction, inventiveness and incredible rhythmic sense are all of a piece and all marvelous.” Vocal greats Betty Carter, Peggy Lee, Cleo Laine and Shirley Horn all sing Murphy’s praises as one of the best in he business and the legendary Ella Fitzgerald declared, “he is my equal.”
A six-time Grammy nominee, Mark Murphy has enjoyed a prolific 40-year recording career, with over 40 releases to date. His original lyrics to “Stolen Moments,” “Red Clay” and more are known the world over. His innovative projects range from the work of Nat “King” Cole to Jack Kerouac to Ivan Lins to Eddie Jefferson. Stereo Review dubs Mark “one of the major artists of our age.”
Mark Murphy is a jazz singer. “For decades the question ‘What exactly is a jazz singer’ has had two easy answers: Betty Carter. And Mark Murphy” writes the New York Post. “He is arguably the best male jazz singer in the business,” declares Rex Reed.
“Mark Murphy is to jazz singing what Bobby Fisher is to chess,” Jazz journalist Dan Morgenstern writes. “I can’t help relishing his sure and swinging time, his musical and ever-inventive phrasing and that certain quality of sound and feeling combined with time and taste that to me spells jazz.”
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