Reviews

For “Ticket to Ride:  The Beatles Book”

“These Beatles takes are very dreamy…very modal…and very groovy!”

-Bill McBirnie

“Pat Murray’s torchy vocals are the very sound of seduction. Mark Kieswetter’s fingers spin gorgeous silk on the piano and the rest of the talented back up pack are equally talented. If you’re looking for down tempo listening with a bit of smoky Scotch, you won’t be disappointed. Don’t expect more than a glancing reference to the Beatles’ originals.”

-John Terauds, The Toronto Star 

 “It won’t come as much of a surprise to longtime Beatles fans that beneath their mop-top-pop sensibilities lurks a deep layer of sadness…Vocalist Pat Murray and pianist Mark Kieswetter understand this fact and exploit it wholesale on their jazz rendering Ticket to Ride: The Beatles Book.  In 10 of their own arrangements they give the Beatles a new reading, taking the nearly-chiming declarations of Hello Goodbye, for instance, and giving the vocals an anguished, even tragic, tone, while the wistful melancholy of Across the Universe becomes a study in pensive introspection. Murray and Kieswetter, ably assisted by George Koller on bass, Davide DiRenzo on drums and Bruce Cassidy on some incredible flugelhorn, put their own sad but true spin on that, and other melancholy truths from the fab but sometimes forlorn four.”

-Robertson, The StarPhoenix

Noone can accuse Pat Murray of being fearful. Not everyone would give part of their liver to a complete stranger and fewer artists would have the temerity to rework a whole CD’s worth of Beatles songs. The arrangements [a radical retake] of the CD are spare and stress the lyrics of timeless Beatles songs…Here Comes the Sun features a spacy sitar from bassist George Koller who also turns up adding vocals and [which] features a lovely horn solo from Bruce Cassidy.

-Greg Burliuk, The Whig Standard

“Patricia Murray has created a highly musical, original recording that not only re-imagines beloved compositions from The Beatles, but also includes a steller vocal performance, and inspired instrumental work from some of Canada’s finest jazz musicians. Patricia has a unique voice and point of view that deserves to be heard.“

-Promoter Leslie Clark-Mitchell

East York musician joins select group as living liver donor. The album, Ticket to Ride: The Beatles Book, was launched at special events in Toronto on Nov. 27 and in Kingston on Dec. 5. The dramatic jazz interpretation of classic Beatles songs even features Bruce Cassidy, along with many other well known musicians. Teacher, mother, musician, director – Murray has many labels attached to her name and now she has one more: organ donor. As living liver donor, Murray belongs to a small group – just 45 Ontario residents received living liver donations in 2009 – but she’s hoping it’s one that will grow with awareness.

-Danielle Milley, The East York Mirror

A popular jazz vocalist who lived in Kingston for nearly three decades. Murray was in town on December 5 for the release of her new CD, Ticket to Ride – The Beatles Book, at Brandees. The album features unique jazz covers of some of the Beatles’ biggest hits, including “Here Comes the Sun” and “In My Life.”  The event also launched a charitable project founded by Murray called “A Life a Year”. Part of the University Health Network Family, the organization will assist liver donors financially and emotionally during the often-lengthy post-surgical recuperation period. Murray, who is also a high school drama teacher, was able to take time off work to be a liver donor. But she doesn’t want other transplants to be prevented because potential donors can’t afford to help.

-Kristyn Wallace, EMC Entertainment

Donation gives recipient new life…so after months in the studio and reinventing some of most popular tracks in history, Murray is more than excited to be releasing Ticket to Ride: The Beatles book. Not only is the songstress donationg a portion of the proceeds from her newly released album to the cause, she is donating to a charity she co-founded with her liver recipient, Ally Cassidy.

-Tori Stafford, Kingston This Week

PAST PERFORMANCE REVIEWS

“… her elegant and sultry presence sparked…  an evening of smooth jazz and seductive vocals reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald …”

-Queen’s Journal

“While many lead vocalists can have an impressive voice, few can emote as Patricia Murray does, which is the difference between a singer and an artist.”

-Toronto promoter Anya Wilson

“When is an old standard not an old standard?  When Pat Murray gives it a refreshing interpretation and transforms it into a golden standard.  Murray is a consummate vocalist.  She can wrap her voice around anything from Doo-Wop to R&B and jazz.  The spin she puts on Hard Days Night…. gives the phrase “feel all right” a whole new resonance.”

-Melanie Dugan, Kingston This Week

“During her show and to the delight of her audience, Murray will take requests.  She has about 2,000 songs in her repertoire, but there are some songs she simply won’t sing.  ‘Mustang Sally’ is out.”

-Christine Brousseau, Kingston Week Standard

(Neil Simon’s Female Version of the Odd Couple, Kinston Summer Theatre, The Grand Theatre Company) “Pat Murray’s portrayal of the sensitive slob is very convincing and her comic timing is excellent.  The tone of her delivery, her appearance, mannerisms, her bursts of anger – everything is so natural it’s almost scary.”

-Gennie Punter, The Kingston Week Standard