Cool Water

Greg Murphy

The followup to his chart-topping Bright Idea reunites keyboard player Greg Murphy with bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts on a genre- leaping program bolstered by a host of guests.

"De brillantes improvisations, un sens de l'équilibre qui évite le racolage indu, avouons que Mr Greg Murphy, que nous espérons entendre un jour de

The followup to his chart-topping Bright Idea reunites keyboard player Greg Murphy with bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts on a genre- leaping program bolstered by a host of guests.

"De brillantes improvisations, un sens de l'équilibre qui évite le racolage indu, avouons que Mr Greg Murphy, que nous espérons entendre un jour de visu, nous a réservé une belle surprise."

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Bright Idea

Greg Murphy Trio

Despite impressive releases as a leader and a 20-year tenure with Rashied Ali, Greg Murphy remains largely overlooked outside of the New York jazz scene. This exceptional effort, on which the Chicago-born pianist is joined by bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, should go a long way in exposing his abilities, both as a skilled

Despite impressive releases as a leader and a 20-year tenure with Rashied Ali, Greg Murphy remains largely overlooked outside of the New York jazz scene. This exceptional effort, on which the Chicago-born pianist is joined by bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, should go a long way in exposing his abilities, both as a skilled instrumentalist and imaginative composer/arranger, to a wider audience. Murphy opens things up with a swinging rendition of Sigmund Romberg-Oscar Hammerstein jam session staple “Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise”, interjecting McCoy Tyner-ish flights and inflections propelled by the driving rhythms of Wheeler and Watts, both of whom share the spotlight with solos of their own. The pianist’s mambo-fied arrangement of the Pharrell Williams mega-hit “Happy”, featuring layered electronic keyboard work, is an infectiously danceable affair on which he alternates the melodic line and clave-undergirded montuno choruses (with a quote from Horace Silver’s “Filthy McNasty”). Murphy’s compositional abilities come to light on the title track, which features fleet-fingered piano and bass improvisations and an explosive drum solo on top of the tenacious piano vamp emerging from the swinging melody. He shows his more sensitive side lithely waltzing on Joe Ford’s beautiful “Earthlings”, then jumps back into the pop world with a funky arrangement of Bruno Mars’ “24 K Magic”, swinging piano complemented by keyboard flourishes nodding to Earth, Wind & Fire. The trio moves outside on Murphy’s “Street Cats”, ethereally ambling out of tempo, then gradually easing into a racing middle section on which the pianist demonstrates a credible affinity for the avant garde while his soulful “Finer Things” and rhapsodic “For My Mom” both demonstrate an appealing lyricism. The uptempo “Straight No Blues” serves as a platform for swinging solos, after which the band once again displays its ability to take things out on Murphy’s frenetic “Moving Violation”, bringing it back in on the appealing waltz “Well, of All Things”. The band charges towards the finish on the recently discovered Coltrane tune “Untitled Original 11383” before closing out with “Juneteenth Notes”, Murphy’s homage to the African- American holiday on which the date was recorded. - Russ Musto

24 JUNE 2019 | THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD

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Summer Breeze

Greg Murphy

A prodigious talent whose keyboard pyrotechnics have ignited the bandstands of such shamanistic figures as Rashied Ali and Tisziji Muñoz, veteran pianist-composer Greg Murphy has been a firebrand on the scene since moving to New York in 1987. On his fourth outing as a leader, the Chicago native showcases a myriad of musical expressions besides the

A prodigious talent whose keyboard pyrotechnics have ignited the bandstands of such shamanistic figures as Rashied Ali and Tisziji Muñoz, veteran pianist-composer Greg Murphy has been a firebrand on the scene since moving to New York in 1987. On his fourth outing as a leader, the Chicago native showcases a myriad of musical expressions besides the heightened, McCoy-inspired approach that has been his calling card for decades. With a core group consisting of fiery trumpeter Josh Evans, Dee Dee Bridgewater bassist Eric Wheeler and sensational young drummer Kush Abadey — augmented on different tracks by stellar improvisers Jay Rodriguez on soprano sax, Eric Wyatt and Scott Robert Avidon on tenor saxes, Corey Wilcox on trombone, Raphael Cruz on percussion and Malou Beauvoir on vocals — Murphy explores some appealing pop material on his “A Reason to Smile” and a cover of Seals & Crofts’ ‘70s hit “Summer Breeze” while also digging into Afro-Cuban grooves (“Suspended Time”), burning hard bop (“Cedar Salad”), free jazz (“Tsk”) and a swinging blues (Sonny Rollins’ “Solid”) on his Whaling City Sound debut.

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Blues For Miles

Greg Murphy

An explosive lyrical adventure in modern music - original compositions, jazz standards and freedom!

In a 2015 review referencing “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” from Greg’s CD, Blues for Miles, Maxwell Chandler writes: “We all get down but not every musician can play the blues. Greg displays an authenticity not in any specific blues-based

An explosive lyrical adventure in modern music - original compositions, jazz standards and freedom!

In a 2015 review referencing “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” from Greg’s CD, Blues for Miles, Maxwell Chandler writes: “We all get down but not every musician can play the blues. Greg displays an authenticity not in any specific blues-based structure but in an organic soulfulness. There is a power to the performance deriving from simplicity …. Tinged with melancholy but bearable on account of its beauty, it is a rainy day with all the leaves of the trees dripping silvered jewels.” He goes on: “‘Hat Trick’ is another original. It is free jazz not in the genre sense but in the band allowing different components from several genres to meld without concern of adhering to any specific formula …. A dramatic cohesiveness is created not because all the musicians play in unison but because each of the smaller patterns executed within the piece bolster the others.”

In another 2015 review of Blues for Miles, Bob Rusch of Cadence Magazine writes “… a strong ensemble [with] some very effective free playing on ‘Free Ur Mind’ and ‘Free Han Solo.'”

Greg Murphy - piano, Raphael Cruz - percussion, Kush Abadey - drums, Josh Evans - trumpet, Eric Wheeler - bass, Tom DiCarlo - bass, Ben Solomon - tenor sax

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Orientation

Greg Murphy

Initiation, introduction, direction, perspective, and point-of view are all associated with the word orientation. While a title may suggest many meanings, the concept of this recording is rooted in an attitude of selfless love and service, respectful to the awakening potential of all spiritual beings. Orientation…intention…expression…vibration.

Initiation, introduction, direction, perspective, and point-of view are all associated with the word orientation. While a title may suggest many meanings, the concept of this recording is rooted in an attitude of selfless love and service, respectful to the awakening potential of all spiritual beings. Orientation…intention…expression…vibration.

released August 22, 2005

Greg Murphy - Piano and Keyboards, Raphael Cruz - Percussion Alex Hernandez - Acoustic and Electric Bass, Noel Sagerman - Drums, Lawrence Clark - Tenor Saxophone.

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Let's Get Started

Greg Murphy

An eclectic acoustic & electric mix of high-energy improvisational jazz. Let's Get Started is an enjoyable selection of music that rewards the ears of the jazz cognoscenti, while remaining immensely enjoyable to the wider audience of music lovers.

released April 1, 2004

Greg Murphy - Piano, Keyboards Dale Robbins - Bass John Brown - Drums

An eclectic acoustic & electric mix of high-energy improvisational jazz. Let's Get Started is an enjoyable selection of music that rewards the ears of the jazz cognoscenti, while remaining immensely enjoyable to the wider audience of music lovers.

released April 1, 2004

Greg Murphy - Piano, Keyboards Dale Robbins - Bass John Brown - Drums

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