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Bright Idea


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Greg Murphy, an inventive and versatile pianist with an epic sense of the pure and beautiful, is a formidable talent. Throughout his musical career, he has accumulated a vast number of stories, and those stories are woven into the fabric of his material. "Bright Idea", his trio recording with Jeff “Tain” Watts and Eric Wheeler, comes together in a way that embraces all of the places Murphy has been, from his grinding, intensive study in New York, his time in New Orleans with Ellis Marsalis, his pop-funk days in Chicago, and his Latin jazz work with Raphael Cruz. It is a well and fully rounded musical adventure, rife with dimension and color, and his most fully realized recording yet. At this point in his career, we would expect no less. Recorded, produced and arranged by Murphy, Bright Idea features mainly originals, with a few exceptions, including a torrid rendition of the Pharrell Williams tune “Happy.” With Watts and Wheeler alongside, Murphy achieves an energetic vitality on the session, especially on tracks like the newly discovered Coltrane composition, “Untitled Original 11383,” a twelve-bar blues, and Joe Ford’s “Earthlings.” But throughout the album there is generosity, reciprocity and the desire to make memorable and triumphant music. Bright Idea, Greg Murphy’s second Whaling City Sound project and fifth overall, is his strongest statement as a leader and his most beautifully played collection of stories. Now swinging with the best, Murphy has come out the other side of life’s challenges and is now destined, even determined, to find his place in the pantheon of jazz piano.
Facts
Item number WCS111
Barcode 687606011120
Release date 1/25/2019
Category Contemporary Jazz
Label WHALING CITY SOUND
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Ensemble Greg Murphy Trio
Disc: 1
The New Moon00:07:00
1 Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise (From "The New Moo 00:07:24 Unknown Artist Murphy, Greg Wheeler, Eric Greg Murphy Trio
Despicable Me 2: Happy00:04:00
2 Happy (From "Despicable Me 2") 00:03:49 Unknown Artist Murphy, Greg Wheeler, Eric Greg Murphy Trio
Bright Idea00:07:00
3 Bright Idea 00:07:21 Unknown Artist Murphy, Greg Wheeler, Eric Greg Murphy Trio
Earthlings00:06:00
4 Earthlings 00:06:29 Unknown Artist Murphy, Greg Wheeler, Eric Greg Murphy Trio
24K Magic00:03:00
5 24K Magic 00:02:45 Unknown Artist Murphy, Greg Wheeler, Eric Greg Murphy Trio
Street Cats00:05:00
6 Street Cats 00:04:59 Unknown Artist Murphy, Greg Wheeler, Eric Greg Murphy Trio
Finer Things00:05:00
7 Finer Things 00:05:11 Unknown Artist Murphy, Greg Wheeler, Eric Greg Murphy Trio
For My Mom00:07:00
8 For My Mom 00:07:10 Unknown Artist Murphy, Greg Wheeler, Eric Greg Murphy Trio
Straight No Blues00:05:00
9 Straight No Blues 00:04:43 Unknown Artist Murphy, Greg Wheeler, Eric Greg Murphy Trio
Moving Violation00:09:00
10 Moving Violation 00:08:39 Unknown Artist Murphy, Greg Wheeler, Eric Greg Murphy Trio
Well, Of All Things00:06:00
11 Well, of All Things 00:06:11 Unknown Artist Murphy, Greg Wheeler, Eric Greg Murphy Trio
Untitled Original 1138300:07:00
12 Untitled Original 11383 00:06:38 Unknown Artist Murphy, Greg Wheeler, Eric Greg Murphy Trio
Juneteenth Notes00:04:00
13 Juneteenth Notes 00:04:13 Unknown Artist Murphy, Greg Wheeler, Eric Greg Murphy Trio
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