“In Full Bloom” by the talented Margaret Murphy is a flavorful assembly of enchanting jazz tunes. Igniting this album’s flame is the groovy “I’m Walking,” which wastes no time in showing off the amazing instrumentation, namely jazz piano leads, that defines all of this record. With romantic lyrics arranged to unforgettable melodies, the appeal of this record goes far beyond just great musicianship. Margaret’s powerful, soulful, and effortless vocal performance outshines every other aspect of this album. The emotionally touching “Pearls” slows the pace a bit, and allows Margaret’s vocal ability to shine with its full potential. Polished with unrivaled production, if you are a fan of soulful, smooth jazz, you will thoroughly enjoy “In Full Bloom.”
I promise you I am not exaggerating when I say that she is every bit the equal
of the Cassandra Wilsons and Diana Kralls of the world. We don’t hear a lot
of female jazz vocalists singing in Ms. Murphy’s register these days, and it brings back the aching allure of chanteuses like Peggy Lee and Julie London with something extra – an emotional letting-go that takes her skills to the limit but never beyond. Pipes like these deserve a national audience. Man.
M&M reminds you of Betty (Carter) and Billie (Holiday) in that from the moment she steps onto the stage....she has the audience enraptured. Then, there's that voice.....
Von Freeman, Tenor Sax Great
(From A Personal Interview)
....One might mistake her for a new age runway model fresh off
the pages of Ebony; Margaret has that kind of sophistication....
she is blessed with her own "sound" and that "sound" is one that the world should hear.