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Daryl Sherman - Johnny Mercer: A Centennial Tribute (2009)

3-05-2016, 18:11
Jazz | Vocal Jazz

Title: Johnny Mercer: A Centennial Tribute
Year Of Release: 2009
Label: Arbors Records
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3/320
Total Time: 01:02:48
Total Size: 156 Mb


1. I'm Shadowing You
2. Little Ingenue
3. Midnight Sun
4. Jeepers Creepers
5. Come Rain Or Shine
6. The Bathtub Ran Over Again
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

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)

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. (Ken Dryden)

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