CD Johnny Mercer: A Centennial Tribute * (CD 4673244),
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Johnny Mercer: A Centennial Tribute *


  • 1. I'm Shadowing You
    2. Little Ingenue
    3. Midnight Sun
    4. Jeepers Creepers
    5. Come Rain or Come Shine
    6. Bathtub Ran Over Again, The
    7. Lazy Bones
    8. Peter Piper
    9. I Thought About You
    10. At the Jazz Band Ball
    11. Charade
    12. Dream
    13. Twilight World
    14. Here Come the British
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 19388

  • Credits
    ProducerDaryl Sherman
    EngineerDuke Markos; Jim Czak

    Tributee: Johnny Mercer.
    Personnel: Daryl Sherman (vocals, piano); Wycliffe Gordon (vocals, trombone); Jay Leonhart (vocals, bass instrument); Howard Alden (guitar, banjo, trumpet); Jerry Dodgion (alto saxophone); Marian McPartland, Barbara Carroll (piano); Chuck Redd (vibraphone, drums).
    Audio Mixers: Bill Moss; Jim Czak.
    Liner Note Author: Dan Morgenstern.
    Recording information: Manhattan Beach Studios, New York, NY (09/08/2008-09/16/2008); Nola Studios, New York, NY (09/08/2008-09/16/2008).
    Author: Dan Morgenstern.
    This 2009 release is ostensibly cabaret singer and pianist Daryl Sherman's tribute to the songwriter-lyricist Johnny Mercer on the occasion of his 100th birthday. But one listen to the opener, "I'm Shadowing You," and it's clear that the real tribute here is to the recently deceased jazz cabaret icon Blossom Dearie. Sherman even name-drops "Blossom and me" towards the end of the song. And throughout this well-played and -sung set, this heir presumptive demonstates the light touch, wit, and swinging musicality that were Blossom Dearie trademarks throughout her long career. Not to overshadow Mercer completely, the songs themselves are well-chosen, some of them familiar ("Midnight Sun," "Come Rain Or Come Shine," "Charade"), some much less so ("I'm Shadowing You" being one example). Sherman also receives help from fellow jazz cabaret luminaries such as bassist-vocalist Jay Leonhardt (who played with Dearie as well), guitarist Howard Alden, and two very special guests--pianists Marian McPartland and Barbara Carroll (a cabaret icon herself) who back the singer on one tune each.

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