Mark Murphy: Doodlin'
Mark Murphy (vocals)
Rah! (Original Jazz Classics 1412)
Composed by Horace Silver & Jon Hendricks. Arranged by Ernie Wilkins.
Recorded: New York, September 15, 1961
Rating: 84/100 (learn more)
This track comes perilously close to being not imitation hip, but the real thing. Horace Silver's "Doodlin'" was a fountainhead of funk even before Jon Hendricks added vocalese describing a cat so cool he just doodles all day; naturally he's sent to Bellevue, where a shrink probing the doodler's noodle desires to diddle the doodler's chick. Who could square the edges off this? Mark Murphy, that's who. Mocking an immigrant waiter's Eastern European accent, Murphy transports "Doodlin'" from Birdland to Borscht Belt. You can take the Ring-a-Ding out of Las Vegas but can't take Vegas out of the Ring-a-Ding.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz