Mosaic Select: Johnny Mercer

Mosaic Select: Johnny Mercer

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Mosaic Select: Johnny Mercer

The world has been waiting for a digital-era box set focusing on Johnny Mercer, and the Mosaic label -- which has obliged countless times for other vital jazz artists -- comes through again. A three-disc collection scanning Mercer's recordings for Capitol (the label he founded), Mosaic Select: Johnny Mercer purposefully concerns itself with his "jazz flavored" releases between 1942 and 1947, close to a third of which turn out to be transcription sessions. (Granted, all of these were recorded with a full band and compare favorably to the other sides.) Mercer's pop hits are understandably neglected (only "G.I. Jive" and "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" are present), and listeners should prepare for a parade of excellent unreleased or long unavailable sides -- more than 20 in all -- featuring bands led by Wingy Manone (including an uproarious "The Tailgate Ramble"), Benny Goodman, Nat King Cole, Cootie Williams, and most often, Paul Weston. Mercer's way with a novelty vocal is infectious, and now that it's arrived, it's hard to quibble. Granted, this is more of the Georgia gentleman's riches than have appeared on three discs.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/23/2009
Label: Mosaic Select
UPC: 0094639056224
catalogNumber: 28


Disc 1

  1. They Didn't Believe Me
  2. The Old Music Master
  3. G.I. Jive
  4. Dixieland Band
  5. Jamboree Jones
  6. San Fernando Valley
  7. Someone's in the Kitchen with Dinah
  8. The Tailgate Ramble
  9. (Love's Got Me in A) Lazy Mood
  10. Duration Blues
  11. Sam's Got Him
  12. It Ain't Necessarily So
  13. Evelina
  14. I'm Gonna See My Baby
  15. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
  16. Camptown Races
  17. Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
  18. Surprise Party
  19. If I Knew Then
  20. Sweet Lorraine
  21. By the River St. Marie
  22. He Should'a Flip'd When He Flop'd
  23. Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home
  24. Li'l Augie Is a Natural Man
  25. It's a Good Day

Disc 2

  1. I May Be Wrong
  2. By the River St. Marie
  3. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You
  4. Mindin' My Business
  5. Sugar
  6. The Object of My Affection
  7. Button Up Your Overcoat
  8. Sunbonnet Sue
  9. Indiana
  10. I Never Knew
  11. I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan
  12. The Object of My Affection
  13. Ugly Chile
  14. My Sugar Is So Refined
  15. Baby I'm True to You
  16. Sugar Blues
  17. Minding My Business
  18. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
  19. Sweet Georgia Brown
  20. When the Bloom Is on the Sage
  21. Sweet Lorraine
  22. Crazy Rhythm
  23. Margie
  24. Louisville Lou
  25. Lulu's Back in Town
  26. I Can't Get the One I Want
  27. Love Is Just Around the Corner
  28. Someday Sweetheart
  29. Huggin' and a Chalkin'

Disc 3

  1. Tuscaloosa Bus
  2. Possum Song
  3. It Takes Time
  4. Moon-Faced, Starry-Eyed
  5. Tallahassee
  6. Cecilia
  7. Box Car Blues
  8. Country Boy Blues
  9. Don't Take Your Meanness out on Me
  10. School Days
  11. Why Should I Cry Over You?
  12. Save the Bones for Henry Jones
  13. My Baby Likes to Be-Bop
  14. You Can't Make Money Dreamin'
  15. The Freedom Train
  16. That's the Way He Does It
  17. Never Make Eyes (At the Gal with the Guys Who Are Bigger Than You)
  18. I Don't Care If It Rains All Night
  19. Hooray for Love
  20. I've Been Hit
  21. The Peanut Vendor
  22. The Hills of California
  23. Limehouse Blues
  24. Down Among the Sheltering Palms
  25. Would Ya?

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Mercer   Primary Artist
Jo Stafford   Track Performer
Will Bradley   Trombone
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Billy May   Trumpet
Jack Teagarden   Vocals
Mel Tormé   Drums
Margaret Whiting   Track Performer
Cootie Williams   Trumpet,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Gus Bivona   Alto Saxophone
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano
Bob Haggart   Bass
Carl Kress   Guitar
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Wingy Manone   Trumpet,Vocals
Matty Matlock   Clarinet,Reeds,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Lou McGarity   Trombone
Oscar Moore   Guitar
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Heine Beau   Clarinet,Reeds,Alto Saxophone
George Van Eps   Guitar
Willie Rodriguez   Drums
Bobby Sherwood   Trumpet,Vocals
Buddy Weed   Piano
Alvy West   Alto Saxophone
Buddy Cole   Piano
Sam Allen   Guitar
Bob Ashton   Baritone Saxophone
Bill Atkinson   Trombone
Butch Ballard   Drums
Red Ballard   Trombone
Lee Barrie   Track Performer
Edward Burke   Trombone
Ernie Caceres   Baritone Saxophone
Nat King Cole   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Rupert Cole   Alto Saxophone
Cutty Cutshall   Trombone
John Cyr   Drums
Nick Fatool   Drums,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Billy Ford   Trumpet
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Herbie Haymer   Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Alto Saxophone
Clyde Hurley   Trumpet
Nate Kazebier   Trumpet
Norman Keenan   Bass
Jules Kinsler   Reeds
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Nappy Lamare   Guitar
Abe Lincoln   Trombone
Don Lodice   Tenor Saxophone
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Floyd O'Brien   Trombone
E.V. Perry   Trumpet
Uan Rasey   Trumpet
Milt Raskin   Piano
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Robinson   Alto Saxophone
Arthur Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Ryan   Bass
Artie Shapiro   Bass
Jess Stacy   Piano
Bill Stegmeyer   Alto Saxophone
Phil Stephens   Bass
Fred Stulce   Clarinet,Reeds,Alto Saxophone
Joe Triscari   Trumpet
James Van Heusen   Piano
George Wendt   Trumpet
Stanley Wrightsman   Piano
Larry Breen   Bass
Sam Weiss   Drums
Donald Anderson   Trumpet
Fred T. Tavares   Steel Guitar
Carl Loeffler   Trombone
Andrew Ferretti   Trumpet
Hal Hopper   Track Performer
June Hutton   Track Performer
Chuck Lowry   Track Performer
Bob Merrill   Trumpet
Harry Azen   Strings
Bruce Hudson   Trumpet
Charlie LaVere   Piano
Mike Pingatore   Guitar
Harry Schuchman   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Elmer Smithers   Trombone
George Treadwell   Trumpet
Joe Yukl   Trombone
Monty Kelly   Trumpet
Skip Layton   Trombone
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Billy Butterfield Orchestra   Track Performer
Cootie Williams & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Paul Whiteman Orchestra   Track Performer
Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Ward Silloway   Trombone
Zeke Zarchy   Trumpet
Morton Friedman   Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Mace   Baritone Saxophone
Clyde Rogers   Baritone Saxophone
Tommy Pederson   Trombone
Archie Rosate   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Jack Chaney   Tenor Saxophone
George Seaburg   Trumpet
Burt Johnson   Trombone
Ted Repay   Piano
Manny Stein   Bass
Ray Woods   Trumpet
Stan Fletcher   Bass
Herbert "Happy" Lawson   Reeds,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Clarence "Gene" Redd   Trumpet
Allan W. Thompson   Trombone
Bob Goodrich   Trumpet
Sol Blumenthal   Strings
Don Waddilove   Trumpet
Artie Quenzer   Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Karl Robert Leaf   Tenor Saxophone
David Allen Nichols   Trombone
Clyde Hylton   Alto Saxophone
Leonard "Lenny" Hartman   Reeds,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Martell   Trumpet
Bill Schaefer   Trombone

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Mercer Ellington   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer,Director
Margaret Whiting   Liner Notes
Matty Matlock   Arranger
Babe Russin   Composer
Phil Moore   Composer
Bobby Sherwood   Director
Frank Loesser   Composer
Ben Bernie   Composer
Walter Bishop   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Billy Vera   Producer,Liner Notes
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Scott Wenzel   Producer,Liner Notes
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Roger Wolfe Kahn   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Kenneth Casey   Composer
Clifford R. Burwell   Composer
Donald Kahn   Composer
Arthur Korb   Composer
Johnny Thompson Singers   Arranger

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