1. Jamboree Jones 2. Midnight Sun 3. Come Rain or Come Shine 4. Laura 5. That Old Black Magic 6. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) 7. Cuckoo in the Clock 8. Day In - Day Out 9. Jeepers Creepers 10. (Loves Got Me In (A Lazy Mood) 11. Skylark 12. I'm With You
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, All Music Guide
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