24 Sep 2014

Marty Duda's artist of the week: Morphine

From Nine To Noon, 11:05 am on 24 September 2014

The band Morphine's front man, Mark Sandman would be celebrating his birthday today…unfortunately he died of a heart attack while performing in Italy in 1999. It's safe to say that no other band sounds like Morphine. The trio's lineup consisted of saxophone, 2-string electric bass and drums and featured the beat poetry of vocalist and bassist Mark Sandman. The band emerged from the Boston area in the early 1990s and recorded five albums before the untimely death of Sandman in 1999. Mixing elements of rock, jazz, blues and folk the band's performances were one-of-a-kind events. Since Sandman's death, a film, Cure For Pain: The Mark Sandman Story, has been produced and the remaining members of the band have occasionally regrouped and performed together.