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Orientation
Greg Murphy
(Murphasaurus)

Pianist Greg Murphy’s Orientation contains attractive original tunes delivered by a top-notch mainstream quintet. It opens with a bang with his kinetic, latin-flavored “Triple Dipple” which tumbles along in 6/8, driven by a simple but appealing melody in Lawrence Clark’s tenor sax. The three-feel of the meter soon alternates with swing, and uptempo bop sections in four-time, the effortless transitions revealing a deftly synchronous unit. (Alex Hernandez on bass and Noel Sagerman on drums [Raphael Cruz on percussion] complete the group.)
The title track is built in a seemingly irregular form with modal sections of syncopated, dense piano chords shifting colorfully between major and minor, while “Trane’s Mode” is a bop blues with a chord progression carrying a scent of Coltrane’s classic “Mr. P.C.”. The variety continues as Murphy shows several different sides of his musical personality. Two fusion numbers dominated by keyboards and electric bass, “Puffin Land” and “Alternate Voices”, form a break between the acoustic sections, while on two fine solo piano standards, the ballads “I Thought About You” and “What’s New”, Murphy carries the melodies firmly yet fluidly on top of full, ten-fingered textures.

-Brian Lonergan
June 2006 ALLABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK

“…A brilliant new jazz LP,
Orientation, by *Greg Murphy* from NYC
with some glorious piano led
Latin jazz dance tracks”
-Off Limits Radio with Raggy (UK)
Danceandsoul.com

“Incredible New York City pianist
Greg Murphy brings new tracks to radioioJazz...
his album 'orientation' is absolutely amazing...”
-Dr. Mike
RadioioJazz.com

“The CD is killin. Really…this is great.”
-Matt Merewitz
Music Director
WRCT Pittsburgh, PA

“Niiiiiiice!…It sounds great!”
-Tom Hunter
Music Director
KNTU, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

“Great record!!!!! Will be adding it for our jazz program.”
- Peter Solomon
WCVE, Richmond, VA

“I second Peter [Solomon’s] opinion. I will sure give this CD more spins.”
- Joost van Steen
Jazz & Blues Tour, The Netherlands

“Very impressive release.”
- Larry Dane-Kellogg
WHCJ, Savannah, GA

“…A terrific album…wonderful work.”
-Lise Avery
Executive Producer
Anything Goes!! With Lise Avery
Internationally Syndicated Radio

“A breath of fresh Air”
- Bobby Jackson
Music Director
WCPN, Cleveland, OH

“Pianist Greg Murphy’s new release, “Orientation” is hot stuff! Greg demonstrates his considerable keyboard style with a mix of straight ahead, bop, funk/fusion and for good measure, throws in a couple of very tasty ballads (‘What's New’ and ‘I Thought About You’).

“All done very nicely and very listenable, but the straight ahead/bop arena is where Greg really cooks (would you expect anything less with song titles such as ‘Triple Dipple’, ‘Cedar Salad’ and ‘A Strain From Wayne’?).

“If this one isn't on your shelf, sell your CD player!”

- "Dr. Bob," Modernjazzclassics.com
- Various


Discography

ORIENTATION
GREG MURPHY
(Murphasaurus Records 2006)
Greg Murphy: piano and keyboards, Raphael Cruz: percussion, Alex Hernandez: acoustic and electric bass, Noel Sagerman: drums, Lawrence Clark: Tenor Saxophone. Recorded at Charlestown Road Sudios, Hampton, NJ, April 5th & May 9th, 2005.

JUDGMENT DAY VOL. 1
RASHIED ALI QUINTET
(Survival Records 2006)
Featuring Rashied Ali: drums, Jumaane Smith: trumpet, Lawrence Clark: Tenor Saxophone, Greg Murphy: Piano, Joris Teepe: Bass. Recorded at Survival Studios, New York City, February 17th and 18th, 2005.

JUDGMENT DAY VOL. 2
RASHIED ALI QUINTET
(Survival Records 2006)
Featuring Rashied Ali: drums, Jumaane Smith: trumpet, Lawrence Clark: Tenor Saxophone, Greg Murphy: Piano, Joris Teepe: Bass. Recorded at Survival Studios, New York City, February 17th and 18th, 2005.

LET'S GET STARTED
GREG MURPHY
(Murphasaurus Records 2004)
Written and Produced by Greg Murphy, EMT Publishing, ASCAP. Greg Murphy (piano, keyboards) Dale Robbins (electric bass), John Brown (drums). Recorded at Night Owl Studios, New York City, April, 1994.

NO ONE IN PARTICULAR
RASHIED ALI QUINTET
(Survival Records 2002)
Featuring Rashied Ali: drums, Ravi Coltrane: tenor and soprano saxophones, Matthew Garrison: electric bass; Greg Murphy: piano, Gene Shimosato (Gene Ess): guitar. Recorded at Greene Street Studio, New York City, June 25th, 1992.

A MANO
RAPHAEL CRUZ
(Worldbeat Records 1999)
Featuring Raphael Cruz: percussion, Richie Gonzalez: drums, Greg Murphy: piano, Ivan Bodley & Felix Gonzales:
acoustic & electric bass, Hector Nieves flute. Recorded at Iiwii Studios, Weehawken, New Jersey, January 2nd, 1997.

MEDITATIONS
PRIMA MATERIA W/ RASHIED ALI Produced by Rashied Ali and Louie Belogenis. Featuring Rashied Ali: Drums, Louie Belogenis: Tenor, Alan Chase: Alto, Joe Gallant: Bass, Greg Murphy: Piano. Recorded live at The Knitting Factory, New York City, June 23rd, 1995.
Prima Materia - Meditations KFW 180 This album features the first recording of this John Coltrane composition since his death in 1967. It was recorded live at the Knitting Factory during the 1995 What is Jazz? Festival. The Meditations "suite" is one of Coltrane's extended compositional masterpieces, but it has been overlooked since his death. Prima Materia do an extended version of Meditations that reveals it's depth with a reverence for the sprit of the piece not found in a normal "cover" band. The integrity and intensity of this band make this a truly special record.

ALBERT AYLER'S BELLS
PRIMA MATERIA W/ RASHIED ALI
Produced by Rashied Ali and Louie Belogenis. Featuring Rashied Ali: Drums, Louie Belogenis: Tenor, Alan Chase: Alto, Joe Gallant: Bass, Greg Murphy: Piano. Recorded live at The Knitting Factory, New York City, May 17th, 1996.

Prima Materia - Albert Ayler's Bells KFW 190
Prima Materia's arrangement of this suite takes on new dimensions as Ayler themes float through the group's collective improvisations. Ali became connected with this music during his stint in Alyer's touring band.

HEART SOUND
TISZIJI MUNOZ
(Anami Music 1995)
Produced and arranged by Tisziji Munoz. Featuring Tisziji Munoz: (guitar, synthesizer), Don Pate: (bass), Toby Williams: (drums), Greg Murphy: (piano). Recorded at Heart-Sound Center, Albany, New York, July 9th, 1995.

VISION VOLUME ONE
VARIOUS ARTISTS Compilation including live performances of Prima Materia.AUM Fidelity 1998 AUM007/8 Producer - Steven Joerg. All exclusive recordings made by Alen Hadzi Stefanov at the Second Annual Vision Festival, the Orensanz Art Center, May 28 - June 1, 1997. Limited Edition of 1000

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Bio

The current group was formed in April of 2005 for the Orientation studio session, although I’ve performed and recorded with these musicians in different contexts and different settings over the past 21 years. The core rhythm section of the group has been working regularly under the name: Greg Murphy Electric Trio or Greg Murphy Electric Band over the past two years in the New York metro area.

Greg was born in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada on December 1st 1959 and moved to Chicago with his family in 1960. He began his musical adventures at the age of eleven when he joined the Ray-Fisk Grammar School Band. His classical studies began later that year with Lucia Santini at Roosevelt University. Between 1980 and 1984, he played with the jazz/funk band LFTR, The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Big Band, The Northern Illinois University (NIU) Big Band, and other local Chicago bands.

After being awarded a jazz study grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Greg went to New Orleans in 1985 to study with the eminent pianist and jazz educator, Ellis Marsalis. He decided to remain there and began recording and performing with The New Orleans Jazz Couriers, Percussion Incorporated, (the album Drum Talk was recorded and released in 1987) and his own group, The Fusicians. While living in the crescent city, Greg performed with Donald Harrison, Wynton Marsalis, and countless other great musicians.

Greg moved to New York in 1987 and began what has become a long association with multi-directional drummer, Rashied Ali. Greg has been performing and recording with Ali and his various groups throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States, from 1987 to the present. (One tour in 1990 featured Carlos Santana and Archie Shepp) During 1989, Greg went to Tokyo, Japan with his trio for two months, and toured the United States with a quartet. In 1990, saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman asked Greg to put together a rhythm section for a performance of Coleman’s new, jazz-funk original music. The month-long project resulted in a successful performance. Later that year, he led a septet (Club Bird Jazz All Stars) in Yokohama for three months, and in 1991 he performed solo in St. Johns. During this period he studied in New York City with Ron Carter and Jaki Byard at City College and The Manhattan School of Music, as well as privately with Larry Willis and Walter Bishop Jr. In 1995 and 1996, he recorded Meditations and Bells with Rashied Ali and Prima Materia on the Knitting Factory Works label. In 1999, Worldbeat records released A Mano with Raphael Cruz, and Heart Sound with Tisziji Munoz was released on the Anami record label. In 2001, No One in Particular, again with Ali, was released on the Survival record label, and Greg wrote the title tune. Let’s Get Started, his first recording as a leader, was released in 2004. In January 2005, he returned from a two-month engagement in China and is still performing, teaching and studying in the New York Metropolitan region. Greg’s new CD Orientation has just been released on the Murphasaurus record label, coinciding with two new releases by The Rashied Ali Quintet: Judgment Day (Volume’s One and Two), on the Survival record label. A new recording with Raphael Cruz is also scheduled for release in early 2006.

At the present time, Greg continues to perform with his own group and other professionals in and around New York City. He recently graduated from New Jersey City University, where he received a Bachelors of Music Degree in Jazz Performance. Greg’s future aspirations include continuing to perform and record, as well as having a prominent roll in the development of aspiring musicians.

Some of the other people Greg has played with are: Barry Altshul, Wes Anderson, Mickey Bass, Cindy Blackman, Terrence Blanchard, T. K. Blue, Hammiet Blueitt, George Braithwait, John Brown, Iris Chacon, Alan Chase, Ravi Coltrane, Harry Conick, Jr., Jesse Davis, Steve Davis, Andy Eulau, Flava Flav, Al Foster, Mat Garrison, Charles Gayle, Victor Goines, Ray Gomez, Roy Hargrove, Vincent Herring, Tim Horner, David Jensen, Frank Lacey, Joe Lovano, Branford and Delfayo Marsalis, Christian McBride, Charles McPherson, Tyler Mitchell, Wilbur Morris, Steve Neil, Charles Nevile, William Parker, Don Pate, C. C. Peniston, Larry Ridley, Dale Robbins, Jay Rodriguez, Antoine Roney, Bill Saxton, Ron Sutton, Lew Tabackin, Arthur Taylor, James Blood Ulmer, Reginald Veal, Bill Ware, David S. Ware, Frank Wright, Al & Ruth Wright, Eric Wyatt, and Kiani Zawadi.