Desert Island Jazz
Mark Murphy (2005)

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Mark Murphy is one of the world's greatest -- and hippest -- jazz vocalists performing today.

His coterie of fans includes tap dancer Gregory Hines, who spontaneously jumped up on stage at Mark's Las Vegas engagement in 1995 to join him for an impromptu duet. Legendary composer Alec Wilder said of Mark, 'I was quite literally amazed. Mark's musicianship, range, intonation, diction, inventiveness and incredible rhythmic sense are all of a piece and all marvelous.' Vocal greats Betty Carter, Peggy Lee, Cleo Laine and Shirley Horn all sing Murphy's praises as one of the best in he business and the legendary Ella Fitzgerald declared 'he is my equal.'

A six-time Grammy nominee, Mark Murphy has enjoyed a prolific 40-year recording career, with over 40 releases to date. His original lyrics to 'Stolen Moments,' 'Red Clay' and more are known the world over. His innovative projects range from the work of Nat 'King' Cole to Jack Kerouac to Ivan Lins to Eddie Jefferson. Stereo Review dubs Mark 'one of the major artists of our age.' Mark Murphy is a jazz singer. 'For decades the question 'What exactly is a jazz singer' 'has had two easy answers, Betty Carter. And Mark Murphy.' writes the New York Post. 'He is arguably the best male jazz singer in the business,' declares Rex Reed.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 J.D. Walter N/A Darn That Dream Not commercially available
# 2 Till Br´┐Żnner My Secret Love Caught in Love (Minor Music)
# 3 Peggy Lee Miss Peggy Lee Whee, Baby! (Capitol)
# 4 Mark Murphy Rodgers and Hammerstein Mixes This Nearly Was Mine Not commercially available
# 5 John Santos and the MachetÚ Ensemble 20th Anniversary Hacia el Amor (MachetÚ)
# 6 Luis Miguel Mis Romances ┐Que Sabes Tu? (WEA International)
# 7 Rhiannon and Bowl Full of Sound Out of the Blue We Be 3 (Rhiannon Music)
# 8 Nancy King and Glenn Moore Potato Radio Four on Six (Justice)
# 9 Miles Davis with Gil Evans Sketches of Spain Will o' the Wisp (Columbia)
         
Book Gabriel Garcia Marquez, "Memoria de Mis Putas Tristes"; or Wolfgang Samuel, "German Boy: A Child in War"; or Sherill Tippens, "February House
         
Luxury Item One battery-powerd TV with: Robert Mitchum, "Out of the Past"; Humphrey Bogart, "The Maltese Falcon"; Marilyn Monroe, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"; three Joan Crawfords; Bette Davis, "The Letter"; and "The Best of the Golden Girls" Bug spray One dog ... a Golden Retriever Two goose-down pillows "My massage chair" A small fitness machine "My picture of Scott LaFaro" "One video of me with the Till Br´┐Żnner band at Berlin Philharmonic Hall"
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