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Daryl Sherman pays a centennial tribute to the great lyricist Johnny Mercer! Features very special guests Marian McPartland and Barbara Carroll on two tunes.

"If two smile buttons were to meet and fall in love, their ideal wedding music might be the ebullient jazz churned out by singer and pianist Daryl Sherman." -- New York Times


Johnny Mercer, I'm certain would have loved Daryl Sherman's tribute, which avoids the obvious and illuminates the full range of his legacy. I doubt there'll be a better one. -- Dan Morgenstern, Director of Rutger's University's Institute of Jazz Studies

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 23, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • ASIN: B00261E81I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary L. Connely on March 24, 2011
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Daryl Sherman has been working New York jazz clubs and caberets for more than 30 years and she's recorded about a dozen albums. She is a jazz singer's jazz singer - her diction and phrasing are very precise and she swings easily. Her soprano voice is most often compared to Blossom Dearie's - but hers is a little smokeier and a little less girlish. She loves the more obscure pages of the Great American Songbook.

"Johnny Mercer: A Centennial Tribute" is - I'll bet you've already guessed it - a collection of songs written or co-written by the great composer and lyricist, issued on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Mr Mercer wrote or co-wrote more than 1,000 songs, including such standards as "Skylark," "That Old Black Magic," "Come Rain or Come Shine," and, of course, "Moon River." But as I said, while Ms Sherman loves the GAS, she eschews the obvious. So instead of Mr Mercer's blockbusters, (only "Come Rain or Come Shine" makes the play list), Ms Sherman serves up songs like: "I'm Shadowing You," "Midnight Sun," "Charade" and "Twilight World" - along with novelties like: "Jeepers Creepers," "The Bathtub Ran Over Again" and "Here Come the British." You can tell that Ms Sherman loves these songs - her performance is spot-on, every time.

Ms Sherman is also a more than adequate pianist. Here she holds down the keyboard, (Marian McPartland and Barbara Carroll sit in on one track each), backed by bassist Jay Leonhart and drummer Chuck Redd - and saxman Jerry Dodgion, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, guitarist Howard Alden join in the fun. Everybody has a great time and nobody just mails it in.

Bottom line: If ever there was a singer "made" for Johnny Mercer, it's Daryl Sherman. If you like Mr Mercer's stuff, you're gon'a love Ms Sherman's versions of these songs.
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