Mark Murphy is hands down the best jazz singer in the world. No one else is even close. IMHO his best albums were when he was with Muse, "Mark Murphy Sings", "Satisfaction Guaranteed", "Stolen Moments" and this one, "Bop for Kerouac" is the best of the best.
His take on the Mingus tune (lyrics by Joni Mitchell) "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" is sublime, "Bongo Beep" is delightful, "Sad Young Men" is ethereal, I could go on, they are all great. The album is inspired, when I saw him live, he called it a labor of love and you can definitely hear that coming out of the speakers (or earbuds). The arrangements are superb. His interplay with saxophonist Richie Cole obviously inspired both of them, as they are both at their very best here. His poetry reading is magnificent. If I were to be forced to own only one Mark Murphy album, this would be it.
Unfortunately, when the Muse record label died, so did this album. Buy it used if you can. I won't part with mine. Hopefully, some day, somebody will get the rights and re-release it.