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Jazz Band Favorites 1
Turk Murphy
Jazz Band Favorites 1
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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Turk Murphy's vigorous, Kid Ory-influenced trombone was one of the brightest components of the traditional jazz revival that began in California in the 1940s. Murphy played regularly in Lu Watter's Yerba Buena Band and con...  more »

      
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All Artists: Turk Murphy
Title: Jazz Band Favorites 1
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Fantasy
Release Date: 10/11/1991
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Dixieland
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 025218301121

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Turk Murphy's vigorous, Kid Ory-influenced trombone was one of the brightest components of the traditional jazz revival that began in California in the 1940s. Murphy played regularly in Lu Watter's Yerba Buena Band and continued his devotion to the tradition when he started his own group. This CD documents the first three years of that band's existence, from 1949 to 1952, with regulars including the precise trumpeter Bob Scobey and clarinetist Bill Napier. Together they pump some fresh blood into faithful renditions of traditional repertoire associated with Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Kid Oliver, as well as playing Murphy's own contributions to the idiom such as the spirited "Trombone Rag," which itself is now a staple of traditional bands. --Stuart Broomer
 

CD Reviews

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Bomojaz | South Central PA, USA | 09/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Along with Lu Watters and Bob Scobey, Turk Murphy was one of the pioneers of the West Coast revival, a localized brand of Dixieland jazz that stressed ensemble playing as did the original masters of New Orleans. Murphy played a brash brand of trombone, in the style of Kid Ory. These sides, mostly recorded in 1949-1950, were among the first recordings under Murphy's leadership. They are all good examples of what was going on in San Francisco in the traditional jazz school of the day. Murphy rarely liked to play faster than medium-up tempo, unlike Scobey who liked faster tempos. But CAKEWALKING BABIES, with a vocal by Clair Austin, really swings hard. Other well-performed tunes include WAITING FOR THE ROBERT E. LEE, NEW ORLEANS STOMP, and STRUTTIN' WITH SOME BARBECUE. Bob Helm switches clarinet duty with Bill Napier, and Helm's reedy tone is as instantly recognizable as Edmond Hall's. Murphy liked to sing on occasion, which was really nothing to write home about. All in all, a very nice CD of West Coast trad by one of its finest practitioners."