Old Mercer Magic!

The Old Mercer Magic!

by Jalala
     
 
Janis Siegel has done a fair amount of recording away from the Manhattan Transfer during her decades-long tenure with the vocal group, but this a rare opportunity to hear her with other vocalists outside of it. JaLaLa, featured on four selections, includes Laurel Massé and Lauren Kinhan on vocals, with

Overview

Janis Siegel has done a fair amount of recording away from the Manhattan Transfer during her decades-long tenure with the vocal group, but this a rare opportunity to hear her with other vocalists outside of it. JaLaLa, featured on four selections, includes Laurel Massé and Lauren Kinhan on vocals, with each singer leading individual selections.; the core group of musicians includes pianist Yaron Gershovsky, bassist David Finck, guitarist Frank Vignola, and drummer Matt Wilson, with guests added or substituted on some pieces. The songs selected from Johnny Mercer's vast output include both still-popular standards and obscurities, with the supporting cast varying from one track to the next. All three vocalists join forces for a fun-filled romp through "Ac-Cent-U-Ate the Positive" and the neglected "Spring Spring Spring," both of which add pedal steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar. Siegel handles both "Jeepers Creepers" and "Too Marvelous for Words" effortlessly. Kinhan shines in the breezy bossa nova setting of "My Shining Hour," while Massé delivers a warm "Moon River" which is joined in a medley with the less familiar "Moon Country," a sauntering chart that features JaLaLa. Only the lame setting of "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby," saddled with the inane antics of DJ Sugarkone and a bland groove, proves disappointing.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/16/2009
Label:
Dare / Taseis
UPC:
0895232002065
catalogNumber:
200206
Rank:
309358

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jalala   Primary Artist
Janis Siegel   Vocals,Group Member
Lew Soloff   Trumpet,Muted Trumpet
Cindy Cashdollar   Pedal Steel Guitar
David Finck   Guitar,Acoustic Bass
Yaron Gershovsky   Piano
Frank Vignola   Guitar
Laurel Massé   Vocals,Group Member
Matt Wilson   Drums
Margot Leverett   Clarinet
Sara Caswell   Violin
Rich "Dusty Chopmeat" Zukor   Djembe
Aaron Weinstein   Mandolin,Violin
Eric Elterman   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

André Previn   Composer
Janis Siegel   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Jerome Kern   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
David Finck   Arranger
Yaron Gershovsky   Arranger
Frank Vignola   Arranger
Harry Warren   Composer
Laurel Massé   Arranger
Michael-Anthony Taylor   Executive Producer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Fran Cathcart   Engineer
Aaron Weinstein   Arranger
Eric Elterman   Engineer

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