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Maurice Coyle

MauryStep back to the days of the great jazz singers that touched your heart and set your feet moving.  Remember when you held your lover close and slowly danced to the lyric strains of Frank Sinatra, Toni Bennet and Ella Fitzgerald.  These were the songs with style and substance.  The melodies poured out like warm velvet and the lyrics went straight to your souls.  This is the music of the heart.  Dr. Maurice Coyle offered his interpretation of these songs. Maury grew up in a house filled with music and respect for the singer's tradition. His father, as a dental  student, once missed an audition as a singer in the Tommy Dorsey Band because of an attack of appendicitis. Maury reveals his fascination and love for this music by sharing both well-known songs and some  nearly forgotten ones that will be sure to bring a smile to the faces and hearts of all listeners.

Just What the Doctor Ordered


Dr Maurice Coyle brings these songs to life with a sensitive ear and a rich smooth voice. Wonderfully realized with vocal arrangements by Peggy Monaghan, piano and trio arrangements by Tom Bargelski, and Big Band arrangements by Kerry Maule, this CD succeeds in presenting these classic songs in a thoroughly contemporary style.

For the people who will hear these tunes for the first time, they represent the golden age of song writing. These songs were created in a time when the words were paramount, followed closely by and unforgettable and moving melody. Songs were intended to transport the listener to new places and take them away for the concerns of everyday life. In our modern times, these ballads may well be "Just What the Doctor Ordered"

Tracks include:

You're Driving Me CrazyDr orders
Nice Work if You Can Get It
Guess I'll Hang my Tears Out to Dry
But Not For Me
What'll I Do
Change Partners
It's Easy to Remember
Easy To Love
Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans
Every Time We Say Goodbye
Fly me to the Moon

Vital Signs





The recording studio was filled with an easy camaraderie, and the musicians were eager to begin. Mutual respect is the heart of allVital signs creative endeavors and this was evident in the actions and attitudes of the musicians and recording engineers. This was music as team sports - you rely on the efforts and skills of the individual players to deliver the finest performance.

Maurice Coyle sipped a cup of coffee, and tossed ideas and laughter back and forth with Peggy Monaghan, the producer, and Charlie Hewitt, the engineer. Coyle was quick to offer ideas about the session, but just as eager to listen to them. In the booth, his voice was smooth as warm silk and filled with confidence and excitement.

The session musicians were impressive. Two pianists played on the project, Tom Bargelski and Melissa Bledsoe Fischer. Bargelski was the epitome of taste and timing, and a master of open spaces, allowing Coyle's vocals to shine. Fischer played with cool, intricate improvisations punctuated by explosive chords. Dirk Westfall provided a sweeping bass line with a solid foundation of rhythm. The drums were either the sensuous brushwork of John Damberg or the unshakable, but sensitive playing of Vinnie Palazzotto.

The best jazz is born in the heart and experienced through the body. Vital Signs is that kind of music - the very best.

Maurice Coyle leads two lives. He is both an accomplished vocalist, who inherited his love of jazz from his father, and an Alaskan doctor. Vital signs is his second recording to lovingly explore a selection of his favorite tunes from the golden age of songwriting.

Building on the success of Just What the Doctor Ordered, Dr.Maurice Coyle returns with a second round of treatments for the ballad-deprived listener. Vital Signs is filled with the same rich vocals that made Dr. Coyle's first CD so welcome. Here are jazz ballads at their best, performed by someone completely in love with and dedicated to this beautiful music. Dr. Coyle donates his proceeds from the sale of Vital Signs and Just What the Doctor Ordered to Alaska Providence Children's Hospital.

Tracks include:

  1. Mean to Me
  2. I can’t Get Started
  3. The Nearness of You
  4. Where or When
  5. My Baby Just Cares for Me
  6. More Than You Know
  7. Ain’t Misbehavin’
  8. That Old Feeling
  9. Don’t Blame Me
  10. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
  11. Once in a While
  12. Let’s Get Away from it All
  13. I Only have Eyes for You
  14. The Way You Look Tonight
  15. No Not Much

Ultra Sounds


Key to the endeavor was pianist, composer, and arranger Kevin Barnett. He was the creative glue that held everything together. Providing the foundation of the sound were the tight rhythms of drummer Scott Weller and the lyrical bass of Dirk Westfall. Also critical to the success of the recording were the production talents of Peggy Monaghan and the engineering skills of Charlie Hewitt.  


Every once in a while, there are projects that everyone knows are special. The sessions for  Ultra  Sounds were one of those rarities. Not only did everybody push each other into extraordinary efforts, but something special and unexpected happened. Kevin Barnett explains it, “ It’s like when you are putting a show together and you get to know each other and it becomes a small little family and all of a sudden the last show happens and ‘Darn, I guess it’s over.’ It’s kind of cool to have a bunch of musicians in a studio feel that way about a project.” It’s even better for the listeners having this treasure to listen to—Ultra Sounds.


From toe tapping standards to rare ballads and imaginative medleys, Ultra Sounds follows nimbly on the heels of the two previous Maurice Coyle releases, Just What the Doctor Ordered and Vital Signs.  



  1. It All Depends on YouUltra sounds
  2. Blue Medley
  3. I’ll Be Around
  4. Softly, I Will Leave You
  5. My Heart Stood Still
  6. The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else
  7. Love’s Been Good to Me
  8. You Medley
  9. I won’t Dance
  10. I Don’t Know Why I Love You Like I Do
  11. I’m always Chasing Rainbows
  12. Cycles
  13. It’s Only a Paper Moon
  14. Guitar Medley
  15. On a Slow Boat to China