Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lyle "Spud" Murphy - New Orbits in Sound

Lyle (Spud) Murphy (1908-2005) the veteran arranger of the swing era began attracting attention in 1955 with his self-devised 12-tone scale system of composition and arranging. It was something completely different — an organized sound in a fresh and new harmonic concept. To achieve this result Murphy used the unique instrumentation of soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones giving the full tonal range to the section captured in his first 10 record for the Gene Norman Presents label. The musicianship of the performers is first rate. In addition to the superb section work, which features Benny Carter, the solos played by Buddy Collette, Bob Gordon are outstanding, and especially striking is Frank Morgan, who emerged here as one of the most exciting West Coast altoists. The second record on which Murphy applied his musical system, was produced Lester Koenigs Contemporary, on which five woodwinds play collectively with a rhythm section made up by Andre Previn and Shelly Manne, in a horizontal, or contrapuntal, design. On the last four selections, two trombones were added to the first instrumentation for additional tonal effect. The execution of the orchestral parts is flawless and the imagination and technique displayed by the soloists a still-exciting experience.

Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/lyle-murphy-albums/5376-new-orbits-in-sound-2-lps-on-1-cd.html

Lyle "Spud" Murphy
And His 12-Tone System
New Orbits in Sound


1 Tone Poem (Murphy)  2:57
2 I Only Have Eyes for You (Warren, Dublin)  3:01
3 Frantastic (Murphy)  2:48
4 Caleta (Murphy, Laguna)  2:52
5 Lost in Fugue (Murphy)  2:43
6 Frankly Speaking (Murphy)  2:55
07 Illusion (Murphy)  3:13
8 Crazy Quilt (Murphy)  2:51
9 Fourth Dimension (Murphy)  4:18
10 Sophisticated Lady (Ellington)  4:05
11 Poly-Doodle (Murphy)  3:14
12 Dizzy Dialogue (Murphy)  3:00
13 Seismograph (Murphy)  3:27
14 Triton (Murphy)  3:27
15 Perdido (Tizol)  2:59
16 Blue Moon (Rodgers, Hart)  2:58
17 These Foolish Things (Marvell, Strachey, Link)  4:28
18 Pemba 3 (Murphy)  3:46
19 Orbit (Murphy)  1:57
20 Misty Rose (Murphy)  3:23
21 Slightly Off Center (Murphy)  2:14
22 Daily Double (Murphy)  2:40


[# 1-8] from the Gene Norman Presents 10" LP "Four Saxophone in Twelve Tones" (GNP-9)
Frank Morgan - as
Benny Carter - as
Russ Cheever - cl, ss & as
Buddy Collette - ts
Bob Gordon - bs
Lyle Murphy - clst
Buddy Clark - b
Chico Hamilton or Richie Frost [# 5-8] - dr
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Hollywood ; November 3 & December 3 [# 5-8], 1954
[# 9-18] from the Contemporary 12" LP "12-Tone Compositions & Arrangements by Lyle Murphy" (C3506), later reissued as "Gone with the Woodwinds !" with the same catalog number
Buddy Collette - fl, cl, as & ts
Abe Most - fl, cl & as
Russ Cheever - cl, ss & as
Jack Dumont - cl & as
Chuck Gentry - b-cl & bs
André Previn -p
Curtis Counce - b
Shelly Manne  -dr
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Hollywood ; August 16 & October 11 & [# 14-18], 1955
[# 19-22] from Gene Norman Presents 12" LP "New Orbits in Sound" (GNP-33)
Milt Bernhart & Dick Nash - tb
Russ Cheever - ss
Buddy Collette - as & ts
Morrie Crawford - ts
Bill Ulyate - bs
Curtis Counce -b
Larry Bunker -dr
Recorded at Audio Arts Studio ; Hollywood ; September 30, 1957


tdelyon said...

Thanks, Mel :)

zoot said...

the many thanks fascinating item was supposed to go here -- old fingers and brain, man.

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Larry said...

What a wonderful album! Thank you much!

rebf942 said...

This looks very interesting - many thanks.

musician3 said...

AMAZING...........................THANK YOU FOR ALL

TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!
New to me!!!

Mike said...

Quite a pleasant surprise! This artist was totally unknown to me, but this is rare work indeed. Thanks a lot!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Newlyner said...

Great post, many thanks mel.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! So much joy, i can't get enough of this music, such a great combination of great intellect, spirituality and master performance from all the musicians, thank you MM!

5 cents said...

Thanks Mel. I have Lyle Murphy's "New Orbits in Sound" album from 1999 on GNP label. (Which I would bet a euro I got from you!...but can't remember for sure) Thanks for uploading this compilation. Most appreciated. Happy New Year. We are having a wet winter in Sacramento, Calif.

Olde Edo said...

Thank you for sharing this unusual and pleasing music!

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon - I lost my version somewhere along the way

Anonymous said...

Thanks Mel!


rowgatien said...

Thank you !

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

bventure said...

Sounds intriguing, new to me but some fantastic musicians, especially interested to hear Frank Morgan on here.

Rev. bIGhIG said...

Another thanks, m'man.

Kovina Kris said...

thank you very much Mel!

Scoredaddy said...

thank you

Melanchthon said...


Porer said...

Thank you very much

Olde Edo said...

Somehow it just seems cool that a guy named "Spud" would devise a 12-tone compositional system---So American! I wonder if he also did the wood panelling in his basement gameroom by himself....

aroonie said...

Thanks Mel. Very interesting music and quite rare. You have been digging deep!

Paul Brigg said...

Many thanks!