Johnny Mercer: A Centennial Tribute

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Daryl Sherman is one of a handful of active vocalist/pianists who is equally talented in both roles. It is quite fitting that she chose to celebrate the centennial of lyricist/singer Johnny Mercer's birth with this delightful tribute covering 14 of his songs, accompanied by alto saxophonist Jerry Dodgion, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, guitarist Howard Alden, bassist Jay Leonhart, and drummer Chuck Redd, all of whom she has likely shared the bandstand with over the years, especially during jazz parties. Her interpretation of "I'm Shadowing You," with music by the late pianist/vocalist Blossom Dearie, suggests the influence of Dearie on her singing style, though she nods to both...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Daryl Sherman is one of a handful of active vocalist/pianists who is equally talented in both roles. It is quite fitting that she chose to celebrate the centennial of lyricist/singer Johnny Mercer's birth with this delightful tribute covering 14 of his songs, accompanied by alto saxophonist Jerry Dodgion, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, guitarist Howard Alden, bassist Jay Leonhart, and drummer Chuck Redd, all of whom she has likely shared the bandstand with over the years, especially during jazz parties. Her interpretation of "I'm Shadowing You," with music by the late pianist/vocalist Blossom Dearie, suggests the influence of Dearie on her singing style, though she nods to both Mercer and Dearie by altering the lyrics at its conclusion. Another singing pianist, the veteran Barbara Carroll, takes over at the keyboard for a duet with Sherman in a leisurely, romantic take of "I Thought About You," the mark of a confident vocalist. Marian McPartland wrote the music to "Twilight World," so she was an obvious guest to play the duet with Sherman in a shimmering performance. Sherman also generously showcases her musicians. Howard Alden is her sole accompanist for her intimate setting of "Come Rain or Come Shine." Gordon duets with her in the obscure but amusing "The Bathtub Ran Over Again," while both the trombonist and Leonhart share the vocals with her in the witty "Here Come the British," another overlooked gem. Daryl Sherman found the perfect mix of songs and musicians for this rewarding salute to Johnny Mercer and this marvelous CD will easily stand the test of time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2009
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941138825
  • Catalog Number: 19388
  • Sales rank: 170,032

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Shadowing You (3:42)
  2. 2 Little Ingenue (5:21)
  3. 3 Midnight Sun (5:11)
  4. 4 Jeepers Creepers (3:20)
  5. 5 Come Rain or Come Shine (4:37)
  6. 6 The Bathtub Ran Over Again (4:24)
  7. 7 Lazy Bones (6:24)
  8. 8 Peter Piper (2:57)
  9. 9 I Thought About You (5:38)
  10. 10 At the Jazz Band Ball (3:20)
  11. 11 Charade (4:55)
  12. 12 Dream (4:26)
  13. 13 Twilight World (4:43)
  14. 14 Here Come the British (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daryl Sherman Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Howard Alden Banjo, Guitar, Trumpet
Barbara Carroll Piano, Guest Appearance
Wycliffe Gordon Trombone, Vocals
Jay Leonhart Bass, Vocals
Marian McPartland Piano, Guest Appearance
Chuck Redd Drums, Vibes
Jerry Dodgion Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Blossom Dearie Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Jimmy Rowles Composer
Eddie Edwards Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
Daryl Sherman Producer
Harold Arlen Composer
Jim Czak Engineer, Mastering
Marian McPartland Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Dan Morgenstern Liner Notes, Author
Henry W. Ragas Composer
Tony Sbarbaro Composer
Larry Shields Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Eric Stephen Jacobs Cover Photo
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Duke Markos Engineer
Francis "Sonny" Burke Composer
Michael Cleary Composer
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