Johnny Mercer: A Centennial Tribute

Johnny Mercer: A Centennial Tribute

by Daryl ShermanDaryl Sherman


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/23/2009
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941138825
catalogNumber: 19388
Rank: 90677

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
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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