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Moon Moon River to the Days of Wine and Roses: The Genius of Johnny M

Artist: Todd Gordon

Date of Release: 08/12/2008

Catalogue no: 1558

Label: Audacious Records

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

Moon River

4.12

2

 

The Summer Wind

2.22

3

 

Tangerine

2.19

4

 

Blues in the Night

3.57

5

 

Out of this World

3.46

6

 

Goody Goody

1.42

7

 

I Remember You

3.42

8

 

When the World was Young

3.28

9

 

That Old Black Magic

4.46

10

 

One for My Baby

3.52

11

 

Something's Gotta Give

2.31

12

 

In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening

1.49

13

 

Days of Wine and Roses

2.01

14

 

Dream

2.47

 

 

 

 

Todd Gordon (vocals); John Colianni (piano); Dave Chamberlain (bass); Chris Dagley (drums); Konrad Wiszniewski (tenor saxophone); Phil Robson (guitar). Produced by Ian Shaw.

This album is Todd Gordon's tribute to the genius of Johnny Mercer and celebrates his enormous contribution to popular music: as a songwriter, singer and founder of Capitol Records, one of the most influential labels of all time.

2009 marks the centenary of his birth and, as a Scot, Gordon was intrigued to discover that Mercer was particularly proud of his Scottish ancestry. He traced his roots back to a certain Hugh Mercer who, as a physician from Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, attended to the wounded at the Battle of Culloden; consequently going into hiding for a year before sailing to Philadelphia in 1747 and later serving as a general in the Revolutionary War.  

Johnny Mercer represents the only legitimate Scottish connection to American Songbook royalty.

This new album contains a selection of timeless songs which demonstrates the wealth of his talent, especially as an extremely evocative lyricist. 

"Gordon has made the American songbook his own" - The Guardian
“Todd strips away all the cabaret and show biz veneer and gets to the very heart of the lyrics of the Great American Songbook” - David Jones, Serious/London Jazz Festival
“Todd’s choice of music is impeccable and he and the band interact wonderfully” - Sir Michael Parkinson
“Doing it his way, Sinatra’s ghost lives on in the work of one of his most polished admirers” - Clive Davis, The Times
“His clear, baritone voice offers one of the finest examples of tonal clarity among contemporary male singers who work in jazz. His vocal delivery is a sheer delight" - Jim Santella, All About Jazz (USA)

For more information:
www.toddgordon.com
www.myspace.com/toddgordon



 

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