Too Marvelous for Words: The Johnny Mercer Songbook Instrumentals

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Verve's Too Marvelous for Words: The Johnny Mercer Songbook is a thoroughly enjoyable 16-track collection that contains many of Mercer's most memorable songs, all culled from the label's enormous jazz vaults. The artist roster is impressive, boasting such names as Bill Evans, Erroll Garner, Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Ben Webster, Oscar Peterson, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and Charlie Parker. All the selections find the musicians in fine form, and while this isn't the place to turn if you're looking for straight, strict interpretations, it's nevertheless an excellent showcase for jazz readings of Mercer ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Verve's Too Marvelous for Words: The Johnny Mercer Songbook is a thoroughly enjoyable 16-track collection that contains many of Mercer's most memorable songs, all culled from the label's enormous jazz vaults. The artist roster is impressive, boasting such names as Bill Evans, Erroll Garner, Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Ben Webster, Oscar Peterson, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and Charlie Parker. All the selections find the musicians in fine form, and while this isn't the place to turn if you're looking for straight, strict interpretations, it's nevertheless an excellent showcase for jazz readings of Mercer standards.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/1998
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731455714029
  • Catalog Number: 557140

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Remember You - Charlie Parker (3:05)
  2. 2 Out of This World (3:50)
  3. 3 Too Marvelous for Words - Lester Young (3:04)
  4. 4 Come Rain or Come Shine (5:25)
  5. 5 Mandy Is Two - Bill Evans (3:49)
  6. 6 Jeepers Creepers - A. Carter (3:38)
  7. 7 Satin Doll (5:03)
  8. 8 That Old Black Magic (5:23)
  9. 9 Tangerine (5:22)
  10. 10 Charade (3:18)
  11. 11 Laura (4:18)
  12. 12 I'm Old Fashioned (4:08)
  13. 13 Skylark (5:00)
  14. 14 Day in - Day Out (3:05)
  15. 15 When the World Was Young (5:55)
  16. 16 Days of Wine and Roses (8:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Price Drums
The Four Freshmen Track Performer
Judy Garland Track Performer
Dean Martin Track Performer
Ella Mae Morse Track Performer
The Pied Pipers Track Performer
Louis Prima Track Performer
Dinah Shore Track Performer
Jo Stafford Track Performer
Kay Starr Track Performer
Nancy Wilson Track Performer
Hoagy Carmichael Track Performer
Bob Brookmeyer Valve Trombone
Gary Burton Vibes
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Chris Connor Track Performer
Blossom Dearie Track Performer
Herb Ellis Guitar
Bill Evans Piano
Erroll Garner Piano
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone
Terry Gibbs Vibes
Benny Goodman Conductor, Track Performer
Urbie Green Trombone
Al Haig Piano
Joe Henderson Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Lena Horne Track Performer
Hank Jones Piano
Jo Jones Drums
Richie Kamuca Tenor Saxophone
Wynton Kelly Track Performer
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Reeds
Lee Konitz Soprano Saxophone
Mel Lewis Drums
Joe Lovano Tenor Saxophone
Billy May Conductor
Bill Perkins Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Peterson Piano
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar
Buddy Rich Drums
Jerome Richardson Reeds
Steve Swallow Bass
Miroslav Vitous Bass
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Wiggins Conductor
Gerald Wilson Conductor
Teddy Wilson Piano
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Clark Bass
Chuck Israels Bass
Seldon Powell Reeds
Gene Quill Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Keely Smith Track Performer
Nick Travis Trumpet
Stu Williamson Trumpet
Jimmy Woode Bass
Dean Elliott Conductor
Jack Marshall Conductor
Pat Moran Piano
Alvino Rey Conductor
Van Alexander Conductor
Harold Arlen Track Performer
Vic Damone Track Performer
Peter Matz Conductor
Gordon MacRae Track Performer
Matt Monro Track Performer
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Andy Russell Track Performer
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Percy Heath Bass
George Duvivier Bass
Charlie Kennedy Alto Saxophone
Al Porcino Trumpet
Doug Allen Vibes
Gene Allen Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
John Bello Trumpet
Joe Benjamin Bass
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
George Berg Reeds
Ray Brown Bass
Alfred Brown Viola
Billy Byers Trombone
James Buffington French Horn
Larry Bunker Drums
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Candido Camero Conga
Paul Chambers Bass
Nat King Cole Track Performer
Bob Edmondson Trombone
Don Ferrara Trumpet
Bill Frisell Guitar
Vern Friley Trombone
Paul Gershman Violin
Charlie Haden Bass
Roy Haynes Drums
Milt Hinton Bass
Dick Hixson Trombone
Frank Huggins Trumpet
Jerome Johnson Drums
Jones Conductor
Phil Kraus Percussion
Joe Maini Alto Saxophone
Johnny Mandel Conductor
Jimmy Maxwell Trumpet
Dick Meldonian Alto Saxophone
Johnny Mercer Track Performer
Kermit Moore Cello
Paul Motian Drums
George Mraz Bass
Nelson Riddle Conductor
Jack Nimitz Baritone Saxophone
George Ockner Violin
Gene Orloff Violin
Charlie Parker Alto Saxophone
Romeo Penque Reeds
Max Pollikoff Violin
Alan Raph Trombone
Dick Reynolds Conductor
George Ricci Cello
Aaron Rosand Violin
Frank Rosolino Trombone
Wyatt Ruther Bass
Tosha Samaroff Violin
Bobby Scott Piano
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone
Art Simmons Piano
Alvin Stoller Drums
Billy Strayhorn Piano
Tony Studd Trombone, Bass Trombone
Martha Tilton Track Performer
Ray Triscari Trumpet
Phil Woods Reeds
Sam Woodyard Drums
Snooky Young Trumpet
Jack Zayde Violin
Ronald Zito Drums
Dick Stabile Conductor
Gerry Mulligan & the Concert Jazz Band Track Performer
Quincy Jones & His Orchestra Track Performer
A. Carter Track Performer
Bill Clarke Drums
Terry Gibbs Dream Band Track Performer
Paul Winter Violin
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Composer
Johnny Mathis Contributor
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Melissa Manchester Contributor
Bob Brookmeyer Contributor
Bill Holman Arranger
Gerry Mulligan Contributor
Margaret Whiting Contributor
George Martin Producer
Jerome Kern Composer
Rube Bloom Composer
Jones Arranger
Johnny Mandel Arranger
Johnny Mercer Composer
Bob Norberg Remastering
David Raksin Composer
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Wayne Watkins Contributor, Compilation Supervisor
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Fulton McGrath Composer
Brian Priestley Liner Notes
Wynton Kelly Trio Contributor
Robert Risko Illustrations
Victor Schertzinger Composer
M. Philippe-Gerard Composer
Francisco Donaruma Contributor
Angele Vannier Composer
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