Mark Murphy: On Green Dolphin Street


On Green Dolphin Street


Mark Murphy (vocals)


Rah! (Riverside OJCCD-141-2)

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Mark Murphy (vocals),

Bernie Glow, Joe Wilder, Ernie Royal (trumpet), Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green (trombone), Wynton Kelly (piano), Barry Galbraith (guitar), George Duvivier (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums)


Composed by Bronislau Kaper and Ned Washington. Arranged and conducted by Ernie Wilkins


Recorded: New York, September 19, 1961


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Right from the start, when Murphy sings the verse solely with piano, you know it's going to be a great vocal version of this tune. Mostly thanks to the singer, whose relaxed phrasing is full of unexpected breaks and accelerations, and molds the melody with supreme freedom. His timbre also blends gorgeously with the horns because Murphy, given the range of his voice, can afford to use it as an instrument. With such a singer, the arrangement needn't fill too much space, and indeed the horns remain rather discreet—all focusing the spotlight on the one and only Mark Murphy.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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