Mark Murphy and Vinny Valentino

One of the most influential jazz vocalists of our time together with a guitar virtuoso. In addition, Mark Murphy will be inducted into Trumpet?s Hall of Fame, joining Jackie & Roy, Etta Jones (posthumously), Houston Person, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jerry Bruno, Marlene Verplanck, Billy Verplanck, Dany Doriz, Ted Curson, Rio Clemente, Lenny Argese, Eddie Monteiro
One of the most original and gifted male jazz vocalists to emerge in the 1950s, six-time Grammy? Award-nominee Mark Murphy transforms everything he touches into a vehicle for daring improvisation. Equally at home with ballads, blues, Brazilian tunes, standards and jazz compositions set to his original lyrics, the 77-year-old Murphy has been ?rediscovered? multiple times. Vocalist Kurt Elling cites Murphy as his most profound influence, and generations of singers have schooled themselves on his classic Riverside albums. His latest CD, Love Is What Stays (Verve), captures the restlessly creative improviser exploring a wide range of moods. Murphy is backed by the incomparable guitarist Vinny Valentino, whose refined sense of swing, harmony and balladry complements and enhances Murphy?s improvisation and style.
?You have to admire the jazz singer Mark Murphy for his fearless vocal deconstructions of songs.? the New York Times
?Vinny Valentino? another young genius with brilliant tone and fresh ideas…? George Benson
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