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A Jazz Portrait of Johnny Mercer


Download links and information about A Jazz Portrait of Johnny Mercer by Sylvia Syms. This album was released in 1984 and it belongs to Jazz, Pop genres. It contains 10 tracks with total duration of 01:07:47 minutes.

Artist: Sylvia Syms
Release date: 1984
Genre: Jazz, Pop
Tracks: 10
Duration: 01:07:47
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No. Title Length
1. Ridin' On the Moon 6:48
2. Skylark 5:39
3. I Thought About You 6:16
4. Come Rain or Come Shine 4:53
5. Satin Doll 9:03
6. Early Autumn 6:20
7. Hooray for Hollywood 3:43
8. Fools Rush In 6:46
9. A Medley: Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive / Too Marvelous for Words / You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby 13:30
10. My Shining Hour 4:49



Sylvia Syms was nearly 65 when she performed this concert and she knew she sounded her age, joking about it several times during the concert. However that makes little difference for the late singer's touching interpretations of Johnny Mercer's lyrics (and her verbal introductions to each song) are often definitive, making this one of her finest recordings. Trumpeter Joe Newman and Al Cohn on tenor (both of whom actually had no opportunity to rehearse with Syms) take occasional solos and the rhythm section (which includes guitarist Gene Bertoncini) keeps the music jazz-oriented although Syms was really closer to being a cabaret singer. One comes away from this previously unreleased program (performed at one of Jack Kleinsinger's "Highlights in Jazz" concerts) greatly appreciating the talents of both Johnny Mercer and the sorely missed Sylvia Syms.