Too Marvelous for Words: The Johnny Mercer Songbook Instrumentals

Too Marvelous for Words: The Johnny Mercer Songbook Instrumentals



Verve's Too Marvelous for Words: The Johnny Mercer Songbook is a thoroughly enjoyable 16-track collection that contains many of Mercer's most memorable songs, all culled from the label's enormous jazz vaults. The artist roster is impressive, boasting such names as Bill Evans, Erroll Garner, Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Ben Webster, Oscar Peterson, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and Charlie Parker. All the selections find the musicians in fine form, and while this isn't the place to turn if you're looking for straight, strict interpretations, it's nevertheless an excellent showcase for jazz readings of Mercer standards.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/1998
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731455714029
catalogNumber: 557140

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Price   Drums
Four Freshmen   Track Performer
Judy Garland   Track Performer
Dean Martin   Track Performer
Ella Mae Morse   Track Performer
Pied Pipers   Track Performer
Louis Prima   Track Performer
Dinah Shore   Track Performer
Jo Stafford   Track Performer
Kay Starr   Track Performer
Nancy Wilson   Track Performer
Hoagy Carmichael   Track Performer
Bob Brookmeyer   Valve Trombone
Gary Burton   Vibes
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Chris Connor   Track Performer
Blossom Dearie   Track Performer
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Bill Evans   Piano
Erroll Garner   Piano
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone
Terry Gibbs   Vibes
Benny Goodman   Conductor,Track Performer
Urbie Green   Trombone
Haig   Piano
Joe Henderson   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Lena Horne   Track Performer
Hank Jones   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Richie Kamuca   Tenor Saxophone
Wynton Kelly   Track Performer
Rahsaan Roland Kirk   Reeds
Lee Konitz   Soprano Saxophone
Mel Lewis   Drums
Joe Lovano   Tenor Saxophone
Billy May   Conductor
Bill Perkins   Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar
Buddy Rich   Drums
Jerome Richardson   Reeds
Steve Swallow   Bass
Miroslav Vitous   Bass
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Wiggins   Conductor
Gerald Wilson   Conductor
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Clark   Bass
Chuck Israels   Bass
Seldon Powell   Reeds
Gene Quill   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Keely Smith   Track Performer
Nick Travis   Trumpet
Stu Williamson   Trumpet
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Dean Elliott   Conductor
Jack Marshall   Conductor
Pat Moran   Piano
Alvino Rey   Conductor
Van Alexander   Conductor
Harold Arlen   Track Performer
Vic Damone   Track Performer
Peter Matz   Conductor
Gordon MacRae   Track Performer
Matt Monro   Track Performer
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Andy Russell   Track Performer
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Percy Heath   Bass
George Duvivier   Bass
Charlie Kennedy   Alto Saxophone
Porcino   Trumpet
Doug Allen   Vibes
Gene Allen   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
John Bello   Trumpet
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
George Berg   Reeds
Ray Brown   Bass
Alfred Brown   Viola
Billy Byers   Trombone
James Buffington   French Horn
Larry Bunker   Drums
Don Byas   Tenor Saxophone
Candido Camero   Conga
Paul Chambers   Bass
Nat King Cole   Track Performer
Bob Edmondson   Trombone
Don Ferrara   Trumpet
Bill Frisell   Guitar
Vern Friley   Trombone
Paul Gershman   Violin
Charlie Haden   Bass
Roy Haynes   Drums
Milt Hinton   Bass
Dick Hixson   Trombone
Frank Huggins   Trumpet
Jerome Johnson   Drums
Jones   Conductor
Phil Kraus   Percussion
Joe Maini   Alto Saxophone
Johnny Mandel   Conductor
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet
Dick Meldonian   Alto Saxophone
Johnny Mercer   Track Performer
Kermit Moore   Cello
Paul Motian   Drums
George Mraz   Bass
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Jack Nimitz   Baritone Saxophone
George Ockner   Violin
Gene Orloff   Violin
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone
Romeo Penque   Reeds
Max Pollikoff   Violin
Alan Raph   Trombone
Dick Reynolds   Conductor
George Ricci   Cello
Aaron Rosand   Violin
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Wyatt Ruther   Bass
Tosha Samaroff   Violin
Bobby Scott   Piano
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
Art Simmons   Piano
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Tony Studd   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Martha Tilton   Track Performer
Ray Triscari   Trumpet
Phil Woods   Reeds
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Jack Zayde   Violin
Ronald Zito   Drums
Dick Stabile   Conductor
Gerry Mulligan & the Concert Jazz Band   Track Performer
Quincy Jones & His Orchestra   Track Performer
A. Carter   Track Performer
Bill Clarke   Drums
Terry Gibbs Dream Band   Track Performer
Paul Winter   Violin

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
Johnny Mathis   Contributor
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Melissa Manchester   Contributor
Bob Brookmeyer   Contributor
Bill Holman   Arranger
Gerry Mulligan   Contributor
Margaret Whiting   Contributor
George Martin   Producer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Jones   Arranger
Johnny Mandel   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Wayne Watkins   Contributor,Compilation Supervisor
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Fulton McGrath   Composer
Brian Priestley   Liner Notes
Wynton Kelly Trio   Contributor
Robert Risko   Illustrations
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Francisco Donaruma   Contributor
Angele Vannier   Composer
Michel Philippe-Gérard   Composer

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