Mark Murphy – Midnight Mood (1968/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 37:04 minutes | 374 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio | Artwork: Front cover | © MPS
Alltime favorite vocal jazz and by far Mark Murphy‘s best album. Contains “Sconsolato” & “Why and how”. Mark Murphy turns 80 years young this year. He is famous for his soaring instrument and his distinctive vocal improvisations, with melody and lyrics.
He was a recipient of the Down Beat magazine readers jazz poll for Best Male Vocalist in 1996, 1997, 2000, and 2001. Notably Mark has received six Grammy nominations for Best Vocal Jazz Performance. Among his best known nominated recordings are “Stolen Moments” – Muse Records, “September Ballads” – Milestone Records and “Song for the Geese” – RCA Records.
Mark’s original lyrics to Oliver Nelson’s, “Stolen Moments” and Freddie Hubbards’ standard, “Red Clay” live on through vocal jazz programs all over the world today. From “Meet Mark Murphy” (1956) to the 2010 recording titled, “Never Let Me Go”, Murphy continues attracting audiences and fans around the world.
Midnight Mood is characterized by the sophisticated dialogue between voice and eight musicians from the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland-Big band, Murphy welcomes us with Duke Ellington’s Jump For Joy as he walks the vocal tightrope without a net. 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.
01 – Jump for Joy
02 – I Don’t Want Nothin’
03 – Why and How
04 – Alone Together
05 – You Fascinate Me So
06 – Hopeless
07 – Sconsolato
08 – My Ship
09 – Just Give Me Time
10 – I Get Along Without You Very Well
Produced by Gigi Campi. Engineered by Wolfgang Hirschmann.
Recorded on December 18, 1967 at Lindström Studios, Cologne, Germany.
Digitally Remastered in 2014.
Mark Murphy – vocals
Derek Humble – alto saxophone
Sahib Shihab – baritone saxophone, flute
Francy Boland – piano
Ronnie Scott – tenor saxophone
Ake Persson – trombone
Jimmy Deuchar – trumpet
Jimmy Woode – bass
Kenny Clarke – drums