Mark Murphy is one of the few male vocalists of his generation who has continued to sing pure jazz throughout his entire career. While greats like Frank Sinatra and Mel Tormé had parallel careers in popular music, Murphy opted for the cult circuit, as exemplified by the CD Bop for Kerouac, an album released on the Muse label. With two singing parents, Mark Murphy grew up in the best climate an aspiring singer could hope for. He studied music and drama at the University of New York and afterwards worked part-time as a singer and actor. The influential producer Milt Gabler was highly impressed by Murphy and in 1956 his debut album was released: Meet Mark Murphy. Two years later the singer recorded the masterpiece Rah!. With jazz legends like Bill Evans and Clark Terry. Over the years Murphy has maintained his high level and he has also acquired a new audience thanks to his acid jazz version of Milestones. On Love is What Stays (2007) you hear an artist whose voice and expressiveness remain exceptionally powerful even at the age of 76.