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Jazz: The 2920 Sessions - Available here, and on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, and Deezer.

James Robert Murphy

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Jazz, according to some, is an educated genre of the musical spectrum; certainly not for everyone. Perhaps more suited for those with an elite edge. Those who seemingly exist above the fray. It is said that the complexity of jazz is difficult for many to understand. Only those who emanate ‘cool’ and ‘sophistication’ are truly able to grasp its full meaning, and are able to catch the purity of the rather obvious vibe. But what is the key to jazz music? Is it a beautiful chord progression based on the indelible theme, or is it the abstract, dissonant chord progression that seems to lack any coherency at all? Does it swing or does it agitate? Is it simple? Or have the intricate pieces of the puzzle been so neatly arranged that your imagination ignores its difficulty, and in-turn, appreciates its subliminal beauty? In Jazz: The 2920 Sessions, we have made a conscience effort to commit all of the above crimes. A few pieces like Jazz 31, Swing 280, Hound Dog Shuffle, Be Flat and Tranchante Mer Mineure are brand new. (Here's a little tip: translated, Tranchante Mer, Mineure means Sea Sharp Minor. It's my play on words for my French brother-in-law. The name of the song and the key it is in is C# Minor). All of the arrangements are new. Jazz: The 2920 Sessions is part of the ongoing 2920 Sessions which explores many genres of my music. I am having a great time working with a few very talented El Paso artists like bassist Curt Bushaw, pianist Ruben Gutierrez, vocalist Monica Gutierrez, vocalist Joshua Lucero, percussionist Eric Boseman, and saxophonist Frank Zona.

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    Jazz 31

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    Song for ... with Joshua Lucero on Vocals

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    Love is Broken

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    Hound Dog Shuffle

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    Don't Lie To Me

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    Two Flames Burning w/Miss Gutierrez

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    Be Flat

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    Tranchante Mer, Mineure

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The Way Things Used To Be - Available here, and on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, and Deezer.

Austin Jimmy Murphy

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A collection of country/folk tunes I wrote mainly in he 1970s and early 80s. They are part of the 2920 Sessions recorded in El Paso, TX. These songs are of special note to me because it was during this time period that I was hitchhiking back and forth across the United States living hand-to-mouth and working odd jobs just to stay alive. I did this for more than a decade all told. When completed, the entire 2920 Sessions collection will encompass the many different genres of music I have composed over the years. The Way Things Used To Be is available on Amazon and Spotify and on this site.

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SUPPORTING YOUR FRIENDLY, HARD-WORKING MUSICIAN

For all of you folks who visit my site and other musicians/artist sites, take a moment to think about this - it takes literally hundreds and hundreds of hours to develop our websites and thousands of hours and dollars trying to make our dreams come true. What we hope to gain from this effort is a visit by you to our website, to our gigs and perhaps our readings, and for you to buy our music, books, and artwork - and gain an appreciation for what we have to offer. We want you to buy from our store. Buy our merchandise for your own personal pleasure, or purchase it for a birthday present for your friends and family. And, we want you to help us spread the word that a visit to our website is well worth it. 

THE JUKEBOX  -  What I offer on my site, in many cases, is the opportunity to listen to the entire song. I want you to get a feel for everything I have worked on and everything I am currently working on. A new feature I have added below is the Jukebox. If Solo Acoustic Blues is your thing, I have a jukebox that specifically fits that bill. If you like Blues Harmonica, I have a jukebox for that. I have also created a Mostly Live Jukebox featuring songs that I did not write but have recorded them either live or in the studio.

But don't stop only at the Jukebox.  I have recorded several musical genres - folk, blues, country, rock, pop, and my new venture delves into the jazz arena.

Give my music a listen. Make a purchase. Visit other musician websites ... and make a purchase. THANK YOU!

Solo Acoustic Blues Jukebox

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Blues Harmonica Jukebox

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MOSTLY LIVE JUKEBOX - COVER TUNES

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Murphy/Bushaw Duo

Austin Jimmy Murphy and Curt Bushaw

Curt is one of the most talented bass players in the state of Texas. I have had the pleasure of performing with him several times over the past few years. This collection features a couple of live tunes and a couple of studio tunes. I will complete this session in 2020.

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A History of Blues - Discs 1 - 4

Austin Jimmy Murphy

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An award-winning 4-CD box set comprised of several recording sessions that took place beginning in 1978 and continued through 2008 in the Syracuse, NY area. The musicianship is outstanding. There are 48 songs in all. The collection features raw blues recorded on a single microphone in a bedroom setting to full blown-out sessions in a studio setting. Style-wise, I think it is one of the most fulfilling CDs ever produced for you true-to-heart blues lovers. Incredible harmonica playing by Matt Tarbell, Tom Townsley and Mike Petroff. Mark Tiffault, Garnett Grimm and Dave Petrovich on the drums. T.A. James, Paul "Big Daddy" LaRonde and "Hungry" Larry Stringer and Pat DeSalvo on bass. George Rossi and Scott Ebner contribute to the keys. Phil Petroff also guest stars on slide guitar on the opening tune. T.A. plays bass and slide on Baby Please Don't Go. Much of this 4-CD collection was recorded and/or mastered by Steve Lloyd at Screaming Skull Studio in Syracuse, NY. Man, we had some good times. The 4-disc set is available for $25. This includes shipping within the U.S. Disc 1 includes cuts 1-12. Disc 2 includes cuts 13-26. Disc 3 includes cuts 27-40. Disc 4 includes cuts 41-48.

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