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Vocalist Mark Murphy, the iconoclastic cabaret singer, was a six-time Grammy nominee known for his improvisational skill and wide vocal range. Born in Syracuse, New York in 1932, Murphy settled in London in the early 1960s and remained in Europe recording for British labels such as Fontana and Immediate before returning to the states in 1973 and signing to the Muse label. Mark recorded a total of 23 albums for the Muse and HighNote labels and was the recipient of the 1996, 1997, 2000, and 2001 Down Beat magazine readers jazz poll for Best Male Vocalist of the Year. Murphy continued to tour internationally into his 80s before passing away in 2015 leaving behind a long list of ardent supporters and admiring musicians and singers.
This week’s top tune was released on Mark’s 1979 album Mark Murphy Sings Mostly Dorothy Fields and Cy Coleman for the Audiophile label. The track features the Loonis McGlohon Trio and can be heard in a killer scene in Robert Schwartzman‘s excellent directorial debut film, Dreamland (streaming now on Netflix).
Schwartzman, best known as the frontman of the band Rooney, adds serious filmmaker chops to his resume in a well-crafted, well acted gem of a film. Nods to the extended Coppola/Schwartzman family pepper the project, brother Jason and mother Talia Shire play supporting roles to stellar lead performances by Johnny Simmons, Amy Landecker, and Beverly D’Angelo in a Graduate-style coming-of-age tale. Not to be missed!
Contact & Licensing Info
“I Love My Wife” written by Cy Coleman & Michael Stewart.
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