Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bobby Troup Sings Johnny Mercer

Bobby Troup is better known as a composer ("Route 66") than performer, but the English CD reissue of Bobby Troup Sings Johnny Mercer, a mid-'50s studio session made for Bethlehem, showcases his vocals. Accompanying himself on piano on some of the tracks and accompanied by bassist Red Mitchell, guitarist Howard Roberts, drummer Don Heath, and valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen, Troup explores a dozens pieces with lyrics by the masterful Mercer. Troup doesn't have a great vocal range, but his smooth singing style is very appealing. The selection of material includes rarities like the happy-go-lucky "Jamboree Jones" (a piece which also has music by Mercer), "I'm With You" (which he co-composed with Mercer), and the equally fun "Cuckoo in the Clock." Among the many standards present are the swinging but subtle take of "That Old Black Magic," cool instrumental arrangements of "Laura" and "Jeepers Creepers," and a mellow "Skylark." This mellow album is easily recommended.
Ken Dryden

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:kvfixqwgldde

Bobby Troup
Sings Johnny Mercer

Tracks

1 Jamboree Jones (Mercer) 2:57
2 Midnight Sun (Burke, Hampton, Mercer) 2:55
3 Come Rain or Come Shine (Arlen, Mercer) 2:28
4 Laura (Mercer, Raksin) 2:41
5 That Old Black Magic (Arlen, Mercer) 4:31
6 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) (Arlen, Mercer) 4:16
7 Cuckoo in the Clock (Donaldson, Mercer) 2:28
8 Day In - Day Out (Bloom, Mercer) 2:54
9 Jeepers Creepers (Mercer, Warren) 2:56
10 (Loves Got Me In (A Lazy Mood) 2:50
11 Skylark (Carmichael, Mercer) 3:03
12 I'm With You (Mercer, Troup) 2:10



Personnel
Bobby Troup - p & voc
Howard Roberts - g
Don Heath - dr
Bob Enevoldsen - b & tb
Red Mitchell - b

Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; January 28, 1955

See also
 http://www.jazzdisco.org/bethlehem-records/discography-1955/

7 comments:

Scoredaddy said...

Awesome performer. I love his style and delivery. Thanks

Thinktoomuch said...

Him was this taken from the original cover (seeing the cover!. As an avid Bethlehem collector, I would like to thank you!

Thinktoomuch

jazzmaniac said...

Thank you very much

Melanchthon said...

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Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks, Melanchthon; I love this blog.

Luis said...

Great album, but the worst cover I've seen in years.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!