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Mark Murphy Midnight Mood LP 180g Vinyl Audiophile Analogue Remastering AAA Series MPS 2017 EU

Artist: Mark Murphy
Title: Midnight Mood
Catalog Number: 0212420MSW
Label: MPS
Reissued by: MPS
Barcode: 4029759124207
Original release year: 1968
Reissue year: 2017
Number of discs: 1
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Total Item Weight: 289gr
Pressing country: Germany
For Market Release in: EU
Collection: MPS AAA Reissue Series
Last modified on: February 11, 2018
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Mark Murphy's prolific six-decade-long artistic career exhibited an inventive stylistic range that covered blues to bebop on through to modern jazz. His 1967 MPS recording lands in the middle of his 'European decade', and it is one of the most beautiful, striking documents of his skills. Another impeccable full analog reissue from MPS!

 

 

  • Audiophile Analogue Remastering
  • Remastered by Christoph Stickel and Dirk Sommer
  • Reforest The Legend MPS AAA Reissue Series
  • 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
  • Pressed at Optimal Media in Germany
  • Large insert with photo of the Original Master Tape box

 

 

When he died at the age of 83 in October 2015, the local papers were restrained in their obituaries. For many jazz fans and cognoscenti, singer Mark Murphy was vastly underrated; they are right, as his prolific six-decade-long artistic career attests: during that career Murphy exhibited an inventive stylistic range that covered blues to bebop on through to modern jazz. His 1967 MPS recording lands in the middle of his "European decade", and it is one of the most beautiful, striking documents of his skills. "Midnight Mood" is characterized by the sophisticated dialogue between voice and eight musicians from the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland-Big band, but it begins a cappella: Murphy welcomes us with Duke Ellington’s "Jump For Joy" as he walks the vocal tightrope without a net, at the sametime offering us a taste of his unorthodox scat singing.

 

With "I Don’t Want Nothin’" the ensemble offers us a swinging, bluesy, mischievous miniature, while Murphy's voice on "Why And How" shifts towards a noticeably darker tinge, surrounded by short penetrating solo interludes from the band. "Alone Together" reveals a masterpiece of phrasing over syncopated piano play; "You Fascinate Me So" emphasizes Murphy's romantic ardor. "Hopeless" unfolds with overwhelming intensity à la Sinatra, and "Sconsolato" is served with a casual Hispanic flair. With subtly nuanced tenderness on "My Ship" and "I Get Along ...", Murphy evokes a depths-of-night ambience in dialogue with the keys, while "Just Give Me Time" reflects a dark sensuality that swaggers between Swing and Bossa.

 

 

Musicians:


Mark Murphy, vocals
Jimmy Deuchar, trumpet
Ake Persson, trombone
Derek Humble, alto saxophone
Ronnie Scott, tenor saxophone
Sahib Shihab, baritone saxophone, flute
Francy Boland, piano
Jimmy Woode, bass
Kenny Clarke, drums

 

Track Listing:


Side A
1. Jump For Joy
2. I Don't Want Nothin'
3. Why And How
4. Alone Together
5. You Fascinate Me So


Side B
1. Hopeless
2. Sconsolato
3. My Ship
4. Just Give Me Time
5. I Get Along Without You Very Well

 

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