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Love Is What Stays

Mark Murphy, Mark Murphy Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Feb 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000LP5GBM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,045 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Stolen Moments 2:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Angel Eyes 7:55Album Only
Listen  3. My Foolish Heart 5:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. So Doggone Lonesome 4:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. What If 7:17Album Only
Listen  6. The Interview 5:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Once Upon A Summertime 5:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Stolen Moments (1st reprise) 1:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Love Is What Stays 6:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Stolen Moments (2nd reprise) 1:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Too Late Now 7:53Album Only
Listen12. Blue Cell Phone 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Did I Ever Really Live 4:390.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

There aren't many 70-something jazz singers who have such youthful-sounding vocal cords as Mark Murphy. On Love Is What Stays the American king of vocalese puts them through their paces on a string of ballads, as he contemplates the passing of time.

Murphy's signature tune, "Stolen Moments" (featuring his words and Oliver Nelson's music) is at the core of Love Is What Stays, and it intertwines itself with the other tracks on the album. First, it's a heavy-swinging small band feature with vigorous scatting by Murphy and a fade-out ending, then it fades back in 9 tracks later. Meanwhile, a piano-vocal duet version of the same piece pops up halfway through the CD. Ever theatrical - is this Murphy's way of seeing his life flashing before him?

Continuing his navel-gazing, Murphy heads into another original, "The Interview", that starts as a jazz poem. Tinkling piano and birdsong accompany the singer's prayer-like musings on past and future, and poetry turns to scat against Nan Schwartz's urban-sounding orchestral score and Peter Weniger's sinuous soprano sax.

Producer Till Bronner's cool brass features throughout Love Is What Stays, from his soaring flugelhorn on a finger-clicking "Angel Eyes" to his mournful muted trumpet on Johnny Cash's "So Doggone Lonesome". The Cash track is a highlight. A wonderful country blues taken super-slow, it's the perfect vehicle for Murphy's spaces, slurs and extended notes, which take the song from deep melancholy to wry humour.

One of Murphy's disciples, Kurt Elling, has recorded a great take on "My Foolish Heart", but Murphy's version here compares well (and includes an appearance by US sax master Lee Konitz). Both feature surprising vocal leaps and a fascination with taking lyrics apart, but the older man has the advantage of a voice that sounds as though it's been aged in oak.

Coldplay's "What If" is an interesting choice, but at 7 minutes long it's too repetitive to work well as a ponderously slow vocal. A film-noir "Once Upon A Summertime" hits the mark, though, with a mischievous edge and a triumphant feel, Nan Schwartz's string arrangements filtering easily through the small group sound.

A luscious listen on a lonely night, but keep the razor blades well out of reach... --Kathryn Shackleton

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Og Oggilby VINE VOICE
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Truly, this album is a revelation. Mark Murphy has sustained a fifty-odd year career, taking many bewildering twists and turns. However, this album has got to rank not only as one of his finest achievements, but also as one of the finest Jazz vocal albums of the last decade. If the term 'Jazz Vocal' is enough to make you reach for the nearest hand gun, let me put your mind at rest immediately. Murphy is no mere vocalist, although the guy can undoubtedly sing - he works his voice like a great sax player - he inhabits a song, and explores the possibilities not only of the melody, but also in terms of his phrasing, emphasis, and his lovely vocal timbre. On 'Love Is What Stays', he is backed by a magnificent crew of sensitive and thoughtful musicians, and the material, though beautifully arranged, is never overly so; Mark's voice can still wander into unusual places, suffused by a profound melancholy - that ol' 'Mood Indigo' - and his readings of 'Angel Eyes' and Johnny Cash's 'So Doggone Lonesome' are works of incredible beauty - but tough, too. I can't say anything much more than you should buy this album, and thrill to its many subtle and persuasive charms. Murphy is undoubtedly a veteran, but like very few others is an elder staesman who is still taking chances with his art. Magnificent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN UNKNOWN CLASSIC? 19 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
Can't believe this disc isn't better known - I think it's just one of those really special artistic endeavours that come along ver rarely. The music is Chet-Bakerish (albeit barritone) but with a lovely twist of modern ambiguity. You get the feeling that he's probably a nicer guy than Chet as well!
Beautiful sincere music and also impecabbly recorded and arranged.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is what stays 20 Jun 2007
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This is a wonderful, sensitive .. almost spiritual ...masterpiece. This is a true vocal master at work and the music envokes the deepest of human emotions from someone who you just know has been through it all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love is 30 Dec 2011
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I just wanted to echo what the other reviewers have already said; this is a magnificent work. I have had this CD for a couple of years and over the last week or so it has been one of a few CDs on my Mp3 player that I have been listening to, with Kurt Elling and Chet Baker amongst others, but it has been the tracks from this CD that have stood out. I love the way he embraces the imperfections now appearing in his voice, I even love the jazz poetry tracks even after numerous listens. To repeat a previous reviewer the arrangements are impeccable and beautiful. Personally I don't agree that there is anything depressive about the music, just a mature interpretation of the blues in some parts. It is beautiful and authentic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murphy's Best Ever? Here's a Minority Report: 5 Jun 2007
By Rick Cornell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What a glorious, amazing, stunning, life-affirming, rich, varied, awesome, and love-filled c.d. this is!

And now I'll tell you how I really feel about it....

Mark Murphy is responsible for some terrific albums over his 50 years as a recording artist. "Rah", "Bop for Miles", "Bop for Kerouac", "The Latin Porter", and 2005's "One to Every Heart" are all terrific albums. But though I acknowledge that mine is a minority position, I think this overall is his best. And at age 75, too; I can't think of any other recording vocalist who could legitimately make such a claim.

Christopher Loudon of "Jazz Times" lauds this album, but says it's a continuation of "One to Every heart" and is about a "life well-lived." Agreed and disagreed. It is a continuation of the 2005 masterpiece, in that it's recorded on Verve, in Germany, and features the amazing Till Bronner (surely one of the finest trumpeters in the world today), Frank Chastenier on piano, and some terrific, spare string arrangements by Nan Schwartz. But whereas that c.d. was nothing but romantic ballads essentially from the era of "Tin Pan Alley", done at achingly slow tempi so that the master improvisor could wiggle around lyrically and melodically, this one is much more varied. In particular, I've never heard such a "loosey-goosey" arrangement of "Angel Eyes", and any c.d. with a jazz arrangement at a funereal tempo of Johnny Cash's "So Doggone Lonesome" cannot be called "standard" by any means.

As for the theme, I understand why one might arrive at the "life well-lived" conclusion, from the fantastic combo of "The Interview" (a free verse poem over a jazzy bass-drum lick with burst of instruments every now and then, and chirping birds), followed by "Once Upon a Summertime", followed by a reprise of the c.d.'s theme song, Oliver Nelson's "Stolen Moments", followed by the title track. This is one of the best jobs of programming since the second side of "Abbey Road." But the rest of the c.d. is about even more.

The final track is an old, obscure Broadway tune, "Did I Ever Live", and the fifth track is Coldplay's "What If". These two encapsulate what the album is really about: the wonderment of life. From the ups, to the downs, what does it all mean? It is almost too difficult to comprehend, at times; but then, so is God. But so long as it is Love that is what stays, it all is at least worth trying to comprehend.

That makes 4 absolute gems for the first half of 2007: Tierney Sutton's "On the Other Side", Kendra Shank's "Spirit Free", Kurt Elling's "Nightmoves", and now this. Each is arguably the best album ever released by each respective artist. What a year 2007 has been! And it's not even half over! RC
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4.0 out of 5 stars Never the same. 16 May 2007
By justmoi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Fifty years after his recorded debut, that still-fearless singer Mark Murphy remains in the premiership, with an ambitious set produced in Berlin by trumpeter Till Bronner, who also plays on it. Murphy directs his repertoire of breakneck rhythmic experiments, faintly sinister remoulds of 50s-crooner techniques and bop-scat fireworks at a programme that spans Johnny Cash, Oliver Nelson and Coldplay.

"Stolen Moments", an old favourite, makes three distinctive appearances, and there's a touching cameo role for the alto of a passing Lee Konitz on "My Foolish Heart".

Johnny Cash's "So Doggone Lonesome" is slowed to the point where its generic roots almost vanish (an almost motionless, muted trumpet solo by Bronner sustains the effect), and the half-spoken "The Interview" is as revealingly paced as anything Murphy does, as is the Betty Carter-like swinging improvisation it turns into.

A lot of the music is slow, but Murphy's intelligence and road-weariness stops it getting dinner-jazzy, and the orchestra does just enough to enrich the music without getting in its way.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Soars with Romantic Ballads 1 July 2007
By Jimmie Newell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Mark's CD "Love is What Stays" is a collaboration with Til Bronner, as was his last CD "Once to Every Heart", a collaboration made in heaven. Thest two CDs have brought Mark back to the renditions of the romantic ballads of which Mark has no peer. The one song from Johnny Cash's material seems misplaced. Apart from that, if this were a star rating system, give this CD all the stars in the sky!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loveing It! 8 Mar 2009
By S. WAN - Published on Amazon.com
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Hip, Jazzy, Cool.....Mark is all that and more in this CD! The band behind him is great and gives each song a complete musicality that's rarely achieved.His trademark phrasing and just "coolness" makes me smile every time I hear this CD....I'm sure you will too. The definition of Jazz.
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