Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lyle "Spud" Murphy

In the late '40s, Lyle Murphy, a top arranger during the swing era who led his own big band on dates from 1938-39, developed a 12-tone system of composing arranging. Although he spent much of his later career as a writer for films, he did record two jazz-oriented albums in the mid-'50s; the other set was for GNP Crescendo. This particular outing (originally cut for Contemporary and reissued on a 1997 CD) finds Murphy contributing 12-tone compositions (six of the ten pieces are his) and arrangements for five woodwinds, pianist Andre Previn, bassist Curtis Counce and drummer Shelly Manne. The ensembles do sound a bit odd, but the music swings in its own fashion and is more accessible than one would expect. Buddy Collette and Abe Most are among the reed players. An intriguing set.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Lyle "Spud" Murphy
Gone with the Woodwinds !


1 Fourth Dimension (Murphy) 4:19
2 Triton (Murphy) 3:28
3 Sophisticated Lady (Ellington, Mills, Parish) 4:05
4 Poly-Doodle (Murphy) 3:14
5 Perdido (Drake, Lengsfelder, Tizol) 2:59
6 Dizzy Dialogue (Murphy) 3:00
7 Blue Moon (Hart, Rodgers) 2:59
8 Seismograph (Murphy) 3:27
9 These Foolish Things (Link, Marvell, Strachey) 4:27
10 Pemba (Murphy) 3:46

12-Tone compositions and arrangements
by Lyle Murphy

Buddy Collette - fl, cl, ts & as
Abe Most - fl, cl & as
Russ Cheever - cl, ss & as
Jack Dumont - cl & as
Chuck Gentry - b cl, ctr b cl & bs
André Previn - p
Curtis Counce - b
Shelly Manne - dr

Recorded in Los Angeles ; August 16, 1955 [# 1, 3, 4, 6 & 8] & October 11, 1955 [other selections]


Phillip said...

Fascinating. Many thanks.

duck said...

Thanks again Mel. I am amazed that you keep finding more gems all the time. Grateful for them too.

dreadco said...

There's alway a discovery on your blog. Thank you so much.

BlueNote97 said...

Lyle Murphy. A Hollywood-Westcoaster who recorded two albums. We are lucky. Thanks for sharing this rarity.

G Man said...

Very interesting. Can`t wait to hear it. Thank you

Baruch said...

deGallo said...

Thank you. I liked the album New Orbits In Sound so this should be good!

neil said...

I echo deGallo's sentiments; many thanks, mel...

Scoredaddy said...


ProfessorCalculus said...

Things I Missed...Thanks Mel

glinka21 said...

Trust you to find something rare and interesting!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Baruch and Mel.