Empty Room – Fritz Pauer & Mark Murphy

This powerful, contemplative ballad by Fritz Pauer has a great poetic lyric by Mark Murphy. You can check out how three great singers interpret Mark's lyric, starting with Mark himself. Mark sings it in the original instrumental key of F (see Sound Within An Empty Room). Both Dena DeRose and Rachel Gould sing it in B-flat. Dena, also being a great pianist, sings a self accompanied version, and Rachel's performance is our exclusive MP3 track available as well as a Minus You practice track without the vocal.

Fritz Pauer

October 14, 1943 – July 1, 2012

Born in Vienna, Austria, acclaimed European pianist and composer Fritz Pauer began his career in the early 1960s, making his first recording (at age 19) with the Hans Koller quartet in 1962. He moved to Berlin, Germany, 1964-68, and played at Dug's Night Club & Jazzgalery as accompanist for Herb Geller, Johnny Griffin, Don Byas, Booker Ervin, Dexter Gordon, Leo Wright, Carmell Jones, Pony Poindexter, Jimmy Woode and vocalist Annie Ross, recording with many of them. Read more...

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Mark Murphy

March 14, 1932 – October 22, 2015

Known for his unique inventiveness and improvisations, jazz vocalist and lyricist Mark Murphy has a distinctive post-bop vocal style. Raised in Syracuse in a musical family, he sang with his brother's dance band and studied theater and voice. Moving to New York in 1954, he recorded his first album, "Meet Mark Murphy" with Decca Records and then signed with Capitol in 1959, under whom he released four LPs. He went on to record classic jazz with Riverside Records, hitting the charts in 1963 with the singles of Fly Me To The Moon and Angel Eyes, procuring him the "New Star of the Year" award in Down Beat Magazine's Reader's Poll. Read more...

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