Mark Murphy: Angel Eyes
Mark Murphy (vocals)
Rah! (Riverside OJCCD-141-2)
Mark Murphy (vocals),
Bernie Glow, Joe Wilder, Ernie Royal (trumpets), Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green (trombones), Wynton Kelly (piano), Barry Galbraith (guitar), George Duvivier (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums).
Composed by Matt Dennis & Earl K. Brent. Arranged and conducted by Ernie Wilkins.
Recorded: New York, September 19, 1961
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Introduced by an ominously repeated pattern from the brass and guitar that would suit the soundtrack of a film noir, Murphy's version of this tune allows him to display both his vocal talent and taste for drama. His rendition goes deep into the meaning of the words, and Ernie Wilkins's arrangement enhances this choice by weaving blues undertones in a thick instrumental fabric under Murphy's dark and expressive phrasing. Jazz singing has rarely been so visual and evocative with such an economy of means.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum