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Tina May: Café Paranoia review – pitch-perfect homage to Mark Murphy

Tina May can get a handle on the quintessence of a style and make it her own more rapidly and completely than some other artist I can consider. This time she takes a few melodies composed by the late Mark Murphy, joins Murphy’s colleague, Andy Lutter, in composing a couple of additional, and the two sets supplement each other delightfully. Together they mix a swoon yet unmistakable air of the mid 1960s, when Murphy’s verses provoked Liza Minnelli to comment: “There’s a gathering going ahead in Mark’s mind and I need to go to it.” And Tina May recommends the hip, knowing tones of Annie Ross, the period’s diva, to flawlessness.

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