Murphy, Greg / Blues For Miles
Album:Blues For Miles Collection:Jazz
Artist:Murphy, Greg Added:Apr 2015
Label:Jazzintensity Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2015-07-17 Pull Date:2015-09-18 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Sep 20Sep 13Sep 6Aug 30Aug 23Aug 16Aug 9Aug 2

Recent Airplay
1.Mar 24, 2022:Rebop (rebroadcast from Aug 7, 2015)
Free Ur Mind
4.Sep 18, 2015:Rebop
2.Jul 10, 2021:Music Casserole (rebroadcast from Aug 22, 2015)
Free Ur Mind
5.Sep 11, 2015:Rebop
Free Ur Mind
3.Jun 26, 2021:Music Casserole (rebroadcast from Aug 8, 2015)
My Shining Hour
6.Sep 10, 2015:Melange
Free Ur Mind

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2015-07-16 

Pianist Greg Murphy leads changing lineups of 2-6 players (see inside jacket). The set is a mixed bag of varying styles; about 2/3 originals, the rest covers.

All instrumental. No FCC issues.

1 ** Fast, lively. Danceable, Latin rhythm. Some Carnival influence (including whistle). Melody traded between trumpet & piano. (5:31)
2 Slow ballad. Not especially graceful for a love song. Melody on tenor sax. (4:42)
3 Mid-tempo. Melody on trumpet. Good piano bridge. Synthesized orchestra effects. (7:05)
4 Fast. Just piano, bass, drums. Energetic, but didn’t really move me. (5:31)
5 * Slow. Solo piano improv: theme & variations on a classic blues song. Nice job. (5:20)
6 ** Very fast. Series of hard driving solos by sax, piano, trumpet, bass, sax. (8:25)
7 Mid-tempo. Solo piano fantasy. Kinda nice, not special. (3:12)
8 Fast. Just a few notes each on sax and trumpet. (0:09)
9 * Free jazz improvisation. Piano, sax, trumpet, drums & bass. (6:50)
10 Mid-slow. A gentle ballad on solo piano. (4:57)
11 * Fast. An alt take on #6. Similar but with a more biting tone. I preferred #6. (3:27)
12 Very slow. Melancholy ballad on solo piano. (Bill Evans / Miles Davis tune) (4:27)
13 Mid-slow to mid-fast. Free piano improvisation. A bit avant-garde. (4:14)
14 *** Mid-tempo (varying). Powerful. Tenor sax, piano, bass, drums. Each player takes substantial, virtuosic solos. Sections of spiritual beauty, others with modern dissonance, some with barely controlled chaos. Quite good but not for the faint of heart. (7:50)

Track Listing
1.My Shining Hour 8.Split Second
2.Easy To Remember 9.Hat Trick
3.Half-Fulton 10.For My Mom
4.Nancy's Fantasy 11.Blues For Miles (Alternate Take)
5.Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? 12.Blue In Green
6.Blues For Miles 13.Free Han Solo
7.Earthlings 14.Free Ur Mind