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Centennial Celebration: Johnny Mercer


Download links and information about Centennial Celebration: Johnny Mercer. This album was released in 2009 and it belongs to Jazz genres. It contains 13 tracks with total duration of 55:05 minutes.

Release date: 2009
Genre: Jazz
Tracks: 13
Duration: 55:05
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No. Title Length
1. I'm Old Fashioned (Chet Baker) 5:08
2. Trav'lin' Light (Etta Jones) 3:43
3. Days of Wine and Roses (Bill Evans, Tony Bennett) 2:24
4. Autumn Leaves (Les feuilles mortes) (Karrin Allyson) 4:46
5. I Remember You (Freddy Cole) 5:14
6. Midnight Sun (Sarah Vaughan) 4:38
7. Blues In the Night (Jimmy Witherspoon) 4:04
8. Moon River (Jane Monheit) 4:43
9. Skylark (Tierney Sutton Band) 5:50
10. On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe (Monica Mancini) 4:39
11. Hooray for Hollywood (Rosemary Clooney) 3:00
12. Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive (Mel Tormé / Mel Torme) 3:06
13. One for My Baby (Dianne Reeves) 3:50



Whether or not you know Johnny Mercer's name, you’ve heard some of the songs he co-wrote: “Moon River,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Skylark,” and the list goes on and on. The Savannah, Georgia native frequently wrote for the movies and the stage, but he also collaborated with great jazz musicians such as Duke Ellington (“Satin Doll”) and Lionel Hampton (“Midnight Sun”). This collection includes 13 versions of Mercer classics and the older recordings are particularly strong. The album opens with a lovely Chet Baker rendition of “I’m Old Fashioned,” which was composed by Mercer and Jerome Kern. “Trav’lin’ Light” features Etta Jones, whose vocals recall Billie Holiday, doing a fine job on the bluesy piece. (It turns out that Mercer originally wrote the song for Holiday.) Pianist Bill Evans and singer Tony Bennett bring their magic touch to a version of “Days and Wine and Roses,” which was co-penned by Henry Mancini. And backed by a top-notch band that includes Pepper Adams on baritone sax, the powerful singer Jimmy Witherspoon turns in a strong take on Harold Arlen’s “Blues in the Night.”