Rah (Mark Murphy album)

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Studio album by Mark Murphy
Released 1961
Recorded September & October, 1961
Genre Vocal jazz
Length 35:39
Label Riverside
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Mark Murphy chronology
Playing the Field
(1960)Playing the Field1960
That's How I Love the Blues!
(1962)That's How I Love the Blues!1962

Rah is a 1961 studio album by Mark Murphy, arranged by Ernie Wilkins. [1]

This was Murphy's first Riverside Records album, and he is supported by an orchestra including such luminaries as Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Urbie Green, Ernie Royal, Clark Terry and Jimmy Cobb.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Down Beat 4.5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Down Beat magazine critic John A. Tynan reviewed the album for the April 12, 1962 issue and stated: "Murphy should thank his lucky stars for, among other things such as his talent, Ernie Wilkins. Wilkins has written a set of arrangements for the young jazz singer that should turn Frank Sinatra green with envy. Much of the album's success is due to the arranger's pen.[2]

The Allmusic review by Eugene Chadbourne awarded the album four stars and said that Rah "has worn well over the years...On tracks such as "Green Dolphin Street," he dives into the rhythm with the relaxed calm of an expert. And when the result can be the harebrained complexity of "Twisted" or the funky timing of "Doodlin'," the wisdom of letting the experts handle the hard work has never been more apparent"[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Angel Eyes" (Earl Brent, Matt Dennis) - 3:12
  2. "On Green Dolphin Street" (Bronislaw Kaper, Ned Washington) - 3:44
  3. "Stoppin' the Clock" (Kral, Fran Landesman) - 3:10
  4. "Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most" (Landesman, Tommy Wolf) - 3:49
  5. "No Tears for Me" (Huddleston, McIntyre) - 3:12
  6. "Out of This World" (Harold Arlen, Jimmy McHugh, Johnny Mercer) - 4:50
  7. "Milestones" (Miles Davis) - 2:30
  8. "My Favorite Things" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) - 2:17
  9. "Doodlin'" (Horace Silver) - 3:30
  10. "Li'l Darlin'" (Neal Hefti, Jon Hendricks) - 5:01
  11. "Twisted" (Wardell Gray, Annie Ross) - 2:25
  12. "I'll Be Seeing You" (only on Milestones 6064) -2:01
  13. "My Favorite Things" (Long AND short version- only on Milestones 6064) - 2:56 & 2:13
  14. "It's Like Love" (only on Dutch pressing) - 2:32 (Arranged by Al Cohn)

Collective Personnel[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d "Rah!". Allmusic. Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b April 12, 1962 Vol. 29, No. 8
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 149. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.