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That’s How I Love the Blues by Mark Murphy & Al Cohn

That's How I Love the Blues by Mark Murphy & Al Cohn

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Despite the high quality of this release and his previous Riverside date, Mark Murphy would soon emigrate to Europe, not recording in the U.S. again until 1972. The word “blues” (or in one case, “blue”) is in the title of all 12 songs performed on the set. Not all of the numbers are technically blues (including “Blues in My Heart” and “The Meaning of the Blues”), but the great majority are. However, there is a good amount of variety. Al Cohn’s charts for a couple of trumpets and a six-piece rhythm section (which includes both piano and organ) are swinging, and Murphy is in top early form. Highlights include “Going to Chicago Blues,” “Señor Blues,” “Fiesta in Blue,” and “Blues in the Night.”

Biography

Born: March 14, 1932 in Syracuse, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s

Mark Murphy often seemed to be the only true jazz singer of his generation. A young, hip post-bop vocalist, Murphy spent most of his career sticking to the standards — and often presented radically reworked versions of those standards while many submitted to the lure of the…

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