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The Latin Porter

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
These days, Cole Porter tributes are a dime a dozen in the jazz world. Many of today's jazz tributes to the famous composer show little or no imagination -- all too often, knee-jerk retro-boppers insist on performing the same old Porter standards the same old way. But that is hardly the case with Mark Murphy's The Latin Porter; while other Porter tributes can put you to sleep because they're so darn predictable, Murphy manages to keep the Porter songbook fresh and exciting. Recorded live in January 2000 at the Dakota Bar in St. Paul, MN, The Latin Porter is full of Porter standards that have been recorded time and time again -- but Murphy doesn't perform them the same ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
These days, Cole Porter tributes are a dime a dozen in the jazz world. Many of today's jazz tributes to the famous composer show little or no imagination -- all too often, knee-jerk retro-boppers insist on performing the same old Porter standards the same old way. But that is hardly the case with Mark Murphy's The Latin Porter; while other Porter tributes can put you to sleep because they're so darn predictable, Murphy manages to keep the Porter songbook fresh and exciting. Recorded live in January 2000 at the Dakota Bar in St. Paul, MN, The Latin Porter is full of Porter standards that have been recorded time and time again -- but Murphy doesn't perform them the same old way. From "Dream Dancing" and "I Get a Kick Out of You" to "In the Still of the Night," "Get Out of Town," and "I've Got You Under My Skin," every Porter standard on this excellent CD gets a Latin makeover. Murphy whose accompaniment includes trumpeter Tom Harrell, pianist Peter Schimke, and drummer Daniel Gonzales, among others is hardly the first jazz artist to provide Latin-flavored interpretations of Porter standards, but it's rare to hear a Porter tribute album with a consistently Latin-minded approach. Besides, the veteran singer is so risk-taking and distinctive that even the most overdone warhorses can be interesting in his hands -- if you have heard most of these Porter songs so many times that you think there should be a moratorium on them, Murphy is one of the few people who can show you that they still have possibilities. And to his credit, he also unearths a few of Porter's lesser-known gems, including "Looking at You" and "Experimental." The Latin Porter is, without question, one of 2000's most rewarding jazz vocal releases.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2000
  • Label: Go Jazz Records
  • UPC: 695961605120
  • Catalog Number: 6051

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Get a Kick Out of You (9:37)
  2. 2 In the Still of the Night (7:30)
  3. 3 Dream Dancing - Tom Harrell (7:14)
  4. 4 Get Out of Town - Tom Harrell (5:41)
  5. 5 Looking at You - Tom Harrell (6:09)
  6. 6 I've Got You Under My Skin - Tom Harrell (4:32)
  7. 7 All of You - Tom Harrell (9:41)
  8. 8 Ev'rything I Love - Tom Harrell (8:32)
  9. 9 Experiment - Tom Harrell (7:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Murphy Primary Artist, Vocals
Al Bent Trombone
Tom Harrell Trumpet
Steve Wiese Recorder
Daniel Gonzalez Drums
Peter Schimke Piano
Technical Credits
Mark Murphy Original Concept
Al Bent Arranger
Ben Sidran Executive Producer
Leo Sidran Producer
Steve Wiese Engineer
Peter Schimke Musical Director
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