Moon & Sand
'As a singer, I used to wonder if jazz piano could be just as expressive and personal for me as vocals. This recording answers the question with a resounding yes. The tunes selected are really my favorites now. The quiet flow of the music is like the movement of the tides on the sand the moon brings at night.' - Myra Murphy Moon and Sand was done in two sessions with no rehearsal other than regularly scheduled performing gigs. 'A lot of the tunes represented a love for more lyrical jazz I started experiencing during the '60's' Myra says. The mood of the first session was deep and meditative. The second recording session was brighter and more vibrant. There's true synergy her; the trio is able to play together seemingly effortlessly and unselfishly. 'If You Could See Me Now' was originally heard as a poignant vocal by Sheila Jordan. In the Myra Murphy's Trio's rendering, the listener is drawn in by Josh Machiz'S bowed bass in the intro and solo. There's a neat fit with the two Steve Swallow songs, 'Eiderdown' and Falling Grace', since Swallow was Sheila Jordan's bass player. 'Moon and Sand', of course still brings the vibe of Chet Baker. 'Beatrice', written by Sam Rivers, is a tender departure from music he wrote and performed in the loft scene in New York City that was a turning point for new jazz. 'Eiderdown' by Steve Swallow embodies the trio's rhythmic empathy. The Brazilian song 'Fotografia' by Jobim, sung in English and Portuguese is one of the trios' favorites for harmonic flow. Sit back and let the music wash over you. Every note's texture is revealed like the smoth, polished gleam of seashells in the tides. Myra Murphy, Piano and Vocals. Myra Murphy, a New York City native, is a classically trained musician who was given a scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music. At the same time, she developed a lifelong passion for jazz, and after college started performing in the New York City club scene as lead vocalist. She has performed at many renowned venues including Lincoln Center. Myra has benn the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts grant for mulri-media concerts. She has taught in many colleges and universities including Columbia University, Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), Moravian College and Penn State University and originated a popular jazz improvisation workshop at Montgomery County Community College. Myra lives in Bucks County, Pa. and enjoys communing with the natural beauty of lakes and trees around her in Buck County and finds inspiration for expressing the feelings within.