Blues in the Night: The Johnny Mercer Songbook

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Contrary to Verve's blurb on the sticker of this CD, this is not the first songbook album devoted to the lyrics of Johnny Mercer; indeed, none other than Verve was responsible for an Ella Fitzgerald/Mercer songbook back in 1964. Needless to say, Ella is here, as is an all-star gallery of Verve, Mercury. MGM and Mars artists in an anthology spanning some 40 years of recording history and about 16 years of Mercer's work 1936-52. There are some enterprising choices like Buddy Rich singing "Goody Goody" quite competently in front of a big band, the first recording of the lyrics to "Early Autumn" via a rare Woody Herman recording on his own Mars label, and Helen Merrill ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Contrary to Verve's blurb on the sticker of this CD, this is not the first songbook album devoted to the lyrics of Johnny Mercer; indeed, none other than Verve was responsible for an Ella Fitzgerald/Mercer songbook back in 1964. Needless to say, Ella is here, as is an all-star gallery of Verve, Mercury. MGM and Mars artists in an anthology spanning some 40 years of recording history and about 16 years of Mercer's work 1936-52. There are some enterprising choices like Buddy Rich singing "Goody Goody" quite competently in front of a big band, the first recording of the lyrics to "Early Autumn" via a rare Woody Herman recording on his own Mars label, and Helen Merrill drifting over the dissonantly loose Gil Evans Orchestra in "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home." Of the most famous songs identified with Mercer, Louis Armstrong's marvelous meeting with the Oscar Peterson Quartet on "Blues in The Night," Anita O'Day's buoyant "Come Rain Or Come Shine" with Jimmy Giuffre's off-center ensemble, and Billie Holiday's hard-boiled treatment of "One For My Baby" with sweet and sultry obligatos by Harry "Sweets" Edison and Ben Webster stand out. Other artists heard here include Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Billy Eckstine, Margaret Whiting, Mel Tormé, Joe Williams, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Throughout, when not distracted by the musical quick-changes, the listener is seduced by Mercer's facility with lingering images and interior rhymeplay. And even though a single disc isn't quite enough to sum up Mercer's achievement - after all, it isn't easy to choose 16 songs out of some 1, 500 - this is only Volume One.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1997
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731455326826
  • Catalog Number: 553268

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blues in the Night (5:14)
  2. 2 I Thought About You (2:48)
  3. 3 Come Rain or Come Shine (2:16)
  4. 4 Hit the Road to Dreamland (2:27)
  5. 5 Dearly Beloved (2:51)
  6. 6 Goody Goody (3:16)
  7. 7 Skylark - Margaret Whiting (3:15)
  8. 8 Laura (3:17)
  9. 9 Day in - Day Out (2:18)
  10. 10 Early Autumn (2:54)
  11. 11 I Remember You - Belford Hendricks Orchestra (2:45)
  12. 12 Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home - Merrill (4:57)
  13. 13 Too Marvelous for Words - Joe Williams (5:28)
  14. 14 Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves) (6:51)
  15. 15 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) (5:42)
  16. 16 Jeepers Creepers (2:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Vocals, Track Performer
Louie Bellson Drums
Phil Bodner Flute, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute
Buddy Collette Flute
Bob Cooper Tenor Saxophone
Buddy DeFranco Clarinet
Billy Eckstine Vocals, Track Performer
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Victor Feldman Background Vocals, Vibes
Maynard Ferguson Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals
Jimmy Giuffre Conductor
Gil Goldstein Piano
Urbie Green Trombone
Woody Herman Conductor, Vocals, Track Performer
Henry Johnson Guitar
Barney Kessel Guitar
Jimmy Knepper Trombone
Steve Lacy Soprano Saxophone
Mel Lewis Drums
Helen Merrill Vocals
Red Mitchell Bass
Ted Nash Tenor Saxophone
Art Pepper Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bill Perkins Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Peterson Piano
Nat Pierce Piano, Celeste
Buddy Rich Vocals, Track Performer
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Bud Shank Alto Saxophone
Norman Simmons Piano
Paul Smith Piano
Mel Tormé Vocals, Track Performer
Dinah Washington Vocals, Track Performer
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Margaret Whiting Vocals, Track Performer
Joe Williams Vocals, Track Performer
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Carl Fontana Trombone
Russell Garcia Conductor
Chris Hunter Clarinet, Flute, Oboe
Chubby Jackson Bass
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Bregman Conductor, Track Performer
André Ceccarelli Drums
Jack Green Trombone
Bob Bain Guitar
Anita O'Day Vocals, Track Performer
Sue Allen Vocals
Louis Armstrong Trumpet, Vocals, Track Performer
John Audino Trumpet
Joe Zawinul Piano
Bob Badgley Bass
Danny Bank Flute, Bass Clarinet
Norman Benno Oboe
Milt Bernhart Trombone
Billie Holiday Vocals, Track Performer
Dee Dee Bridgewater Vocals, Track Performer
Ray Brown Bass
Red Callender Bass
Roy Caton Trumpet
Gene Cipriano Woodwind
Joe Comfort Bass
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Irving Cottler Drums
Hein van de Geyn Bass
Don Fagerquist Trumpet
Thierry Eliez Piano
Gil Evans Conductor
Gilbert Falco Trombone
Frank Flynn Percussion
Chuck Gentry Baritone Saxophone
Dick Hafer Tenor Saxophone
Belford Hendricks Conductor
Francis Howard Trombone
John Howell Trumpet
George Hughes Drums
Jack Sheldon Trumpet
Kathyrine Julye Harp
Tom Kenny Vocals
Gerryck King Drums
Harry Klee Flute
Joe Koch Woodwind
Joe Mondragon Bass
Vito Mangano Trumpet
Marty Paich Celeste
The Mel-Tones Vocals
Nelson Riddle Conductor
Ginny O'Connor Vocals
Bernie Parke Vocals
Richard Perissi French Horn
George Price French Horn
George Roberts Trombone, Bass Trombone
Sarah Vaughan Vocals, Track Performer
Wilbur Schwartz Woodwind
George Seaberg Trumpet
Tommy Shepard Trombone
George "Harmonica" Smith Clarinet
Alvin Stoller Drums
Kirk Stuart Piano
Bobby Tucker Piano
Lloyd Ulyate Trombone
Buster Williams Bass
William Hinshaw French Horn
Wally Kane Bassoon, Bass Clarinet
Dan Beck Flute, Bass Clarinet
Lee Fortier Trumpet
Sam Staff Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Lloyd W. Hildebrand Bassoon
Lee Young Drums
Sonny Igoe Drums
Merrill Track Performer
Frank Emilio Flynn Percussion
Carroll Lewis Trumpet
Howard Terry Bassoon
Maurice Stein Alto Saxophone
Seymour Schoneberg Oboe
Arno Marsh Tenor Saxophone
William Smith Woodwind
William McLeish Smith Woodwind
Robert Bain Guitar
Belford Hendricks Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Jimmy Giuffre Arranger
Woody Herman Composer, Producer
Quincy Jones Producer
Helen Merrill Producer
Norman Simmons Arranger
Ralph Burns Arranger, Composer
Russell Garcia Arranger, Producer
Buddy Bregman Arranger
Jerome Kern Composer
Jean-Philippe Allard Producer
Norman Granz Producer
Gil Evans Arranger
Dave Gelly Liner Notes
Belford Hendricks Arranger
Marty Paich Arranger
Johnny Mercer Composer
Harry Meyerson Producer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Clyde Otis Producer
Peter Pullman Notes Editing
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Bobby Tucker Arranger
Kiyoshi "Boxman" Koyama Producer
Jesse Kaye Producer
Gil Evans Orchestra Contributor
Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra Contributor
Miriam Cutler & Swing Street Producer
Darren Crawforth Cover Photo
Ron Berinstein Producer
Fred Meyer Mastering
Sung Lee Director, Art Direction
Richard A. Whiting Composer
The Russell Garcia Orchestra Contributor
The Marty Paich Orchestra Contributor
Buddy Bregman & Orchestra Contributor
Woody Herman & His New Thundering Herd Contributor
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