Featuring Randy Brecker & More! Release Date: April 26th
"People often ask me who my favorite singer is, and my answer is always, without hesitation, Mark Murphy. With Mark's passing, I was moved to honor him musically with this recording.
It was early in my singing career that a friend turned me on to Mark. Most of the songs chosen for this recording were ones that influenced or moved me to become a jazz singer. Some are are now iconic Mark Murphy, to be forever associated with him. When John DiMartino and I developed the material, we agreed to keep the integrity of some of these, while I joyfully took liberties with others. Randy Brecker joined us on "Red Clay," "Vera Cruz" and "Body and Soul," all tracks he played on Mark's original recordings of these tracks.
Mark grew up in Fulton, NY, not far from Fair Haven, NY, where I've been living for many years. After getting to know him as an artist and a friend, on and off the bandstand, I was thrilled to find he spent many summers with his family in Fair Haven and adored Little Sodus Bay, which inspired him to write the lyrics to the magnificent "Song for the Geese," in my estimation a career highlight for him (also earning him a well-deserved Grammy® nomination). The song holds a special place in my heart. Thank you Mark Murphy, for teaching me what it means to "sing from inside the song," and for inspiring jazz lovers worldwide, and for setting the bar so high for spontaneous vocal creation." - Nancy Kelly
Nancy Kelly - vocals, executive producer
John DiMartino - piano, arranger, producer Randy Brecker - trumpet, flugelhorn Bobby Militello - soprano, alto, flute Paul Bollenback - electric guitar Paul Meyers - acoustic guitar Ed Howard - electric & acoustic bass Carmen Intorre, Jr. - drums, percussion
Recorded October 16 and 17, Trading 8's Studio, Paramus, NJ Vocalist & final mix: SubCat Studios, Syracuse, NY
Advance praise for Nancy Kelly's Remembering Mark Murphy:
"Nancy Kelly's tribute to Mark Murphy is a wonderful remembrance and dedication to one of the jazz world's greatest vocalists. Each track brings something new to the table. It's a heartfelt effort that I was proud to be a part of, having known and toured with Mark, and played on a couple of his albums." - Randy Brecker
"This recording is a masterpiece" - Eric Cohen, WAER Music director, and two-time award-winning programmer of the year.
"You have a winner here, very classy recording." - Frank Wilner, WNHN FM 94.7 Concord, NH
To learn more about Mark, check out This Is Hip: The Life of Mark Murphy, by Peter Jones.
Randy Brecker is a Yamaha Artist, and appears courtesy of Piloo Records.
About Scott Thompson Thompson served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York for almost a decade. With a background in broadcast journalism, Thompson’s voice and work has been heard on the Associated Press Radio Network, the Mutual Broadcasting network and NBC-AM New York, on The Morning Show. His experience spans radio, television, print and the internet. Thompson co-produced the New Haven Jazz Festival from 1994-2000. A prolific writer, Thompson has contributed to DownBeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, and the All Music Guide. He penned the CD liner notes to Herbie Hancock Head Hunters, Weather Report 8:30, George Duke Brazilian Love, Stan Getz The New Collection, The Essence of Maynard Ferguson, and The Essence of Al DiMeola. Scott is one of the original members of the Jazz Journalists Association. Editor’s note: Style Quarterly is very pleased to make the connection with Scott and values his enthusiastic support of Jazz.