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Song for the Geese


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  • Audio CD (August 26, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rca Records/Sbme
  • ASIN: B000003EU0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,477 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Go To My Head
2. Sugar
3. Baltimore Oriole
4. Do It Again
5. (Baby) It's Just Talk
6. You're Blase
7. Song For The Geese
8. Everybody Loves Me
9. Lament
10. I Remember
11. We Two (Nos Dois)
12. I Wish You Love

Editorial Reviews

SONG FOR THE GEESE was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. There is never much doubt that Mark Murphy is a jazz singer. He continues, even after 40 years of recording, to take wild chances on this CD. The first few songs on the set are fairly straightforward (if one can consider an uptempo rendition of "Baltimore Oriole" to be conventional). The music, which includes originals by Donald Fagen and Pat Metheny then becomes funky for a bit; from the sixth number on, the performances are quite modern yet not really classifiable as anything but creative jazz. Each song features Murphy's eccentric singing (which sometimes finds him jumping between low notes and falsetto) and there is a lot of variety in mood and style. Sometimes joined by background singers and an electric keyboard and at other times by an acoustic trio, Murphy makes each selection both unpredictable and memorable. Although not for all tastes, this CD does an excellent job of showing where Mark Murphy was musically in the late '90s. ~ Scott Yanow

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By OKKS on January 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Just saw Mark at performance in Los Angeles. I said to him across the room, "You know what's your best album, Mark (he must have 30 to 40 out there)?" He said, "What?" I said, "Song for the Geese." He rushed over to me and shook my hand saying, "That's how I feel." Walking away he lamented, "But it's so hard to find that one."
As a great lover of music and as a musician,I know Mark is so very wonderful. I must have 25 of his albums. This is his best. One of my five desert island picks. So beautiful it gives chills. Consider yourself very lucky to find it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Robinson on November 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This CD gives what could be considered uneven or with a little bit
in different directions to please on a variety of scales. I am one who believes the latter. From the easy flowing, "You go to my head", to the scat filled and upbeat, "Baltimore Oriole". I love the smooth beginning to the Steely Dan tune, "Do it again" before he steps it up to a faster groove. Mark is in great voice and style with "It's just talk,"
and "Blase". This is a great effort, one of Mark's best.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
In this last recording , Mr Murphy sings better than ever. With an excellent latin/funk flavoured rythm section, he delivers us beautiful standards and a couple of pleasant surprises ( Steely Dan's "Do it again" being one of the best) . With this great album, Mark Murphy continues to feed the listeners with first quality pure jazz. In my point of view, he remains the best jazz vocalist living today.
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