"This album is my tribute to the jazz violinists that inspired my growing up as well as to the cool jazz that defined a generation of beat poets, musicians and playwrights that ultimately ushered in the 1960’s American culture as we know it." (Murphy's liner notes from his new album, On A Blue Afternoon.)
For the past 15 years, violinist Chris Murphy has been performing and writing his own instrumental style of music. Murphy does not just stick to one genre, he encompasses Blues, Folk Rock to modern Jazz and Electronica. With the help of DJ Bonebrake on drums and Dave Carpenter Jr. on the low end, the album On A Blue Afternoon’ brings us back to the 50’s and 60’s with ever glowing nods to Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker and Miles, but also nods again to Grapelli, Venuti and Stuff Smith. One track in particular "Laguna Canyon" does really bring us back to that hotel lounge in the 50’s that was cool and collected with a cigarette and a shot of bourbon to wash that girl away. Violinist Chris Murphy brings back Grapelli and Venuti and Smith with this album and with the help of DJ Bonebrake on drums and Carpenter keeping the low end low, Murphy should not only bring himself into the spotlight with new fans but the violin as well.