Mark Murphy – Bop For Kerouac (1981)

Mark Murphy - Bop For Kerouac (1981)
Artist: Mark Murphy
Album: Bop For Kerouac
Label: Muse Records
Year Of Release: 1981
Format: FLAC (image+.cue)
1. Be Bop Lives (Boplicity) 6:39
2. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat 4:52
3. Parker’s Mood 4:32
4. You Better Go Now 3:26
5. You’ve Proven Your Point (Bongo Beep) 3:46
6. The Bad and the Beautiful 3:54
7. Down St. Thomas Way 5:06
8. Ballad of the Sad Young Men 7:37


Mark Murphy – Vocals
Richie Cole – Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor)
Bruce Forman – Guitar, Keyboards
Bill Hays – Keyboards
Luther Hughes – Bass
Bob Magnusson – Bass
Jeff Hamilton – Drums
Roy McCurdy – Drums
Michael Spiro – Conga, Percussion, Timbales

This is an unusual recording. Singer Mark Murphy teams up with a fine sextet (featuring altoist Richie Cole and guitarist Bruce Forman) and alternating bop standards with readings from Jack Kerouac books. Since Kerouac was a big jazz fan in the 1950s and his interest in the music influenced the rhythms of his writing, this ‘poetry and jazz’ set works surprisingly well. It also helps that Mark Murphy is heard at the peak of his powers.
by Scott Yanow

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